Learn about the history of South Africa's diamond industry and go behind-the-scenes while learning all about the diamond process at the Cape Town Diamond Museum.

A journey through time to the formation of diamonds over 3-billion years ago on a personally guided Diamond Tour. Located in the heart of Cape Town, visit the Shimansky Experience on a personally guided tour and learn about the fascinating origin of our diamond heritage.

Our diamonds are hand-selected and ethically sourced direct from the diamond mines, cut and polished to perfection and accompanied by a GIA diamond certificate from the Gemmological Institute of America - the world’s leading diamond grading laboratory. A diamond certificate from this prestigious laboratory is your assurance of the diamond’s grading giving you complete peace of mind. 

Shimansky is world-renowned for iconic jewellery designs, crafted by hand to the highest standard. Copyright designs and internationally patented diamond cuts await to be discovered. Shimansky also specializes in custom jewellery designs and diamond sourcing on request.

Visit us for a unique Diamond Experience Tour and to discover beautiful diamond jewellery creations designed to celebrate your South African vacation.

Tour duration: 45-minutes. Telephone Bookings are essential.


  • Beautiful diamond collections
  • Replicas of world-famous diamonds
  • Shimansky Diamond Showroom
  • Cutting and Polishing Workshops
  • History of diamonds and their process
  • Free glass of wine

The Experience:

The Cape Town Diamond Museum was a gift from Shimansky and is the only one of its kind in Cape Town. The non-profit museum celebrates the world’s most precious gem, the diamond, and tells the 3-billion-year-old history of one of earth’s most valuable gems. The museum will take you through South Africa’s booming diamond industry and teach you of the diamonds first discovered in Kimberley, and you will hear of all the great names in diamond history.

The tour will guide you through the diamond process from its journey at the core of the earth, to the mine, and to the workshop to be cut and polished, then finally to the customer. Shimansky diamonds are cut and polished in-house so you can witness first-hand the skilful process that the diamonds go through, making it an art and an exact science as each diamond in the world is unique and you’ll see how its combination of cut, clarity, colour and carat weight creates its own one-of-a-kind fingerprint.

Located in the Clock Tower Precinct at the world-famous V & A Waterfront in Cape Town, with the epic Table Mountain as your backdrop, overlooking Robben Island and the Waterfront harbour, the whole Diamond Museum Experience is pretty hard to beat.

Should you wish to purchase any Shimansky diamonds after your tour, they are all conflict-free, sourced directly from South African mines, and are accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

IMPORTANT: This experience is normally R100 but is included in your SMARTPASS, see the prices for all Passes HERE.

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Monday 10.00 - 18.30
Tuesday 10.00 - 18.30
Wednesday 10.00 - 18.30
Thursday 10.00 - 18.30
Friday 10.00 - 18.30
Saturday 10.00 - 18.30
Sunday 10.00 - 18.30

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Clock Tower, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town


+27 21 421 2488