Diamond Experience

Discover the art of diamonds on a personalised tour at the Clock Tower, Waterfront and witness the magical transformation from a rough diamond into a dazzling array of fire, brilliance and scintillation in the Shimansky Diamond Cutting Factory. Carefully selected, each diamond is cut and polished to perfection, resulting in a brilliance visible for life.

In the Cape Town Diamond Museum discover the history of diamonds, see replicas of some of the world’s most famous diamonds and witness how rough diamonds are transformed into mesmerising creations in the Shimansky Diamond Cutting and Polishing Workshops. Witness how brilliant diamonds are set into jewellery in the Jewellery Manufacturing Workshop and browse signature and traditional diamond cuts in the Shimansky Showroom.

Follow the 3 billion year story of a diamond, from its creation at the core of the earth, to the mine, and eventually to the completed polished stone. Travel back in time and learn about one of the most significant happenings in South African history – the discovery of diamonds in Kimberley, and the subsequent Kimberley Diamond Rush.

Life-size replicas of famous diamonds such as The Hope Diamond, The Taylor Burton Diamond and The Star of Africa Diamond are on display, and you’ll have the opportunity of dressing up in miners’ gear to walk through a replica mine shaft, complete with sound and lighting to experience what it felt like to be a diamond miner.

The Shimansky Diamond Experience tour is open 7 days a week from 9am to 9pm. Find out more information here.