Situated in the Clock Tower Precinct at the world-famous V & A Waterfront in Cape Town, The Shimansky Diamond Experience offers an exciting tour that lets you explore the fascinating world of diamonds like you’ve never seen it before. Set against the stunning backdrop of Table Mountain, overlooking Robben Island and the Waterfront harbour, The Shimansky Diamond Experience lets you experience the beauty of South Africa’s most valuable treasure, in one of its most beautiful cities.
Cape Town Diamond Museum
The only diamond museum of its kind, a journey through time dated back 3.3 billion years, See how diamonds are formed from mine to finger.
- Bookings are essential
- Museum, Factory & Showroom
- 25 pax max
- 45 minute guided tour
- Operating hours : 9am - 9pm (last tour at 8pm)
Experience - This unique South African museum is simply a must see.
Explore - Learn more about South African diamonds and explore the history of the South African diamond rush and where it all began.
Discover - See how diamonds are transformed from mine to finger at our in house diamond factory.
Learn - Uncover a diamonds journey. What is a diamond, where is it from and how it forms?
GIA certified loose diamonds
Each diamond in the world is unique, and the combination of its cut, clarity, colour and carat weight is what gives it its unique fingerprint. At the Shimansky showroom, you will find a wide variety of certified loose diamonds in different cuts and sizes. From Shimansky patented diamond cuts like the My Girl Diamond and Brilliant 10 Diamond, to traditional diamond cuts such as the emerald shape and marquise shape, you’ll be shown a variety of different cuts of loose diamonds, each one exquisitely polished by an experienced Shimansky expert.
Sourced directly from South African mines, Shimansky diamonds are conflict-free and graded by international, independent diamond laboratories such as the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or the European Gemological Laboratory (EGL).
All Shimansky diamonds are accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity which states the diamond’s details. If you find a particular diamond of interest, this certificate is shown and explained to you by a consultant before a purchase is made.
Diamond cutting and polishing
Shimansky diamonds are cut and polished in-house, and during your Shimansky Diamond Experience, you will witness brilliance in the making when you visit the Shimansky Diamond Cutting and Polishing Factory. The art of polishing and shaping diamonds is a precise and exact science, and requires years of experience to master. Witness first-hand how skilled diamond cutters transform rough diamonds into exquisite creations of fire.
Jewellery manufacturing workshop
South Africa’s finest platinum and gold is used to create mesmerising jewellery creations in the Shimansky Jewellery Manufacturing Workshop. Innovative designs and superior artistry come to life through the latest modern laser technology combined with traditional handcraftsmanship.
Watch as master craftsmen hand-make stunning jewellery creations, and see some of the methods used to achieve Shimansky signature designs.
The workshops illustrate just how much work goes into each and every jewellery creation, and will give you a new appreciation for the intricacies of your own jewellery creations
Signature jewellery designs
In addition to exclusive diamond cuts, there are over ten signature Shimansky jewellery designs that are internationally patented. During your personally guided tour, you’ll be shown all of the signature Shimansky jewellery collections, and will have the opportunity to try on some of your favourites items. Signature collections include the Millennium collection (known for the Millennium Diamond Ring, South Africa’s most coveted engagement ring), the Two Hearts collection, the Evolym collection, and Ayanda Queen of Tanzanite – Shimansky’s range of exclusive tanzanite creations to name a few.