Museum of Gems and Jewellery

Museum of Gems and Jewellery, Cape Town Central: Address, Phone Number, Museum of Gems and Jewellery Reviews: 4.5/5

Museum of Gems and Jewellery

Museum of Gems and Jewellery
Established in 1982, Prins & Prins Diamonds has grown to become one of Cape Town's most trusted, multi-award winning, family-owned manufacturing jewellers. The museum is the brainchild of the esteemed Dr Petre Prins of Prins & Prins Diamonds, located in the historical and authentically restored 18th century Huguenot House. This unique museum project takes visitors on a journey from when diamonds first began to form three billion years ago and their 150 km journey to the surface. Follow the unique path of South African diamonds from their origin in extinct volcanoes to the deposits along our coastline. Learn about unique and rare gemstones, and see how jewellery has changed through thousands of years. The story about South Africa's mineral wealth is told, not only for diamonds, but also for our Platinum and Gold deposits. Tracing the evolution of Early Man, it tells the story of the very first, and oldest piece of jewellery ever found, right on Cape Town's "doorstep" in the Blombos Cave, a mere 200 kms outside of Cape Town. An African Kingdom that existed a thousand years ago who traded in gold; gemstones found only in South Africa and of course the story of the Cullinan Diamond, the biggest diamond ever found, are fascinating exhibits. A further exhibit attracting lots of interest is "The Function of Jewellery", which promises food for thought when looked at in the context of everyday life. Insights into how human ingenuity transforms unassuming gems and metals into masterly crafted items of jewellery and the processes used, and the story about how South Africa's history (both political and mineralogical) was influenced by our mineral discoveries, are just some of the stories told in the property's intimate museum, housed in the property's almost 200-year-old wine cellar.
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6 reviews
Very good

Margarit R
7 contributions
Must visit for designers and dreamers!
Jan 2017 • Solo
A small gem in the heart of CT. Lovely people, detailed exposition, aircon experience. A must visit !
Written 11 January 2017
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Brooklyn, NY2 contributions
A wonderful and unique museum!
Jul 2015
I imagine this little gem of a museum (hehehe) is not yet hot on the tourist front. But it is absolutely worth a visit. My guide Lindsay was so knowledgeable on the process of mining and cutting gems (namely diamonds), she also knew a lot about the history of the diamond explosion in South Africa. I was very impressed with the amount of information I received as we viewed the cases, and the downstairs area where the jewelers work. The museum is located in the downstairs area too. Additionally, the building has an interesting history too. At the end of the tour, there is absolutely zero pressure to buy and there was no snobby attitudes at all. In fact, when I told Lindsay that what I was interested in were raw crystals, she turned me on to another spot where I could find exactly what I was looking for. All in all, it was a great experience that left me well informed and impressed.
Written 15 July 2015
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Lene G
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A very perspektive little tour
Feb 2015 • Couples
A new museum as a seperat part of a diamantshop, where you are not urged to bye. Build up from dedikation and love to the magic stones. Very fine selections of items collected in themes to point out different aspects. Very kompetent guide showing around. 15 minutes will give you interesting new knowledge, but you are wellcome to stay longer.
Written 18 May 2015
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Palm Springs, CA11 contributions
Not to be missed!
Mar 2015 • Friends
At first it seemed a bit strange going to a private jewellery shop and asking for a tour, but this is an amazing attraction! Our lovely and well-informed guide, Lindsay, walked us through the history of Huguenot House, the building that the museum and shop are located in. In a side room, amazingly beautiful jewellery was on display and Lindsay explained the various types of stones and metal that were used and how some of the designs were conceived. We then descended a steep stairway to the basement where skilled artisans were at work crafting custom jewellery. Also in the basement is an amazing series of displays explaining the geologic formation of gemstones, the cultural history of various types of jewellery and the skills required to cut and mount gems.
After our tour we were offered a cup of coffee and allowed to see some stones up close. There was no pressure to buy, but the option was always available.
Written 16 March 2015
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