Cape Town Diamond Museum

Be sure to book enough time to enjoy the Diamond Museum and a little window shopping. During the experience, friendly staff are available to answer any questions you may have as you learn the fascinating past and present of the diamond trade.

Highlight

  • Discover the history of the world’s most famous gem
  • Watch as a diamond is polished and set by master craftsmen
  • Enjoy a glass of wine or coffee at the museum’s in-house bar

Description

Located in the bustling V&A Waterfront, the Cape Town Diamond Museum pays tribute to the world’s most precious gem, the diamond. Guests witness the magical transformation as a rough diamond is polished to perfection –an art mastered by few. Watch as South Africa’s top jewellers craft diamond and tanzanite jewellery from the finest gold and platinum materials. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or freshly brewed coffee at our wine and coffee bar while taking in South Africa’s best selection of GIA certified diamonds direct from mine to finger. It’s an experience not to be missed.

History

The Cape Town Diamond Museum is a tribute to the diamond and the industry that has shaped South Africa. The museum is a non-profit organisation dedicated to fostering appreciation for the gemstone and its history. It covers the science of how a diamond is formed within the earth’s crust, through to the modern diamond trade and jewellery design. The museum also holds replicas of rare and outstanding stones such as the Cullinan diamond and the Taylor Burton.

Day Open Close
Monday 09:00 18:00
Tuesday 09:00 18:00
Wednesday 09:00 18:00
Thursday 09:00 18:00
Friday 09:00 18:00
Saturday 09:00 21:00
Sunday 09:00 21:00

Phone: +27 (0)21 421 2488

Website: www.capetowndiamondmuseum.org

The Diamond Gallery

Advice for visitors

Be sure to book enough time to enjoy the Diamond Museum and a little window shopping. During the experience, friendly staff are available to answer any questions you may have as you learn the fascinating past and present of the diamond trade. Once you’ve filled up on knowledge, explore the state-of-the-art diamond jewellery collection and try on your favourite pieces. When you find a necklace, bracelet or ring that suits, you may be tempted to take a souvenir home!

Did you know

South Africa’s diamond story began in 1867 when 15-year-old Erasmus Jacobs found a transparent rock on his father’s farm along the Orange River. Within a decade, 95% of all diamonds were coming from South Africa.

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