Diamond museum opens in Cape Town, South Africa


South Africa is known for its diamond mines and a new museum has opened chronicling the country's history of the world's most precious jewel.

People taking South Africa holidays to Cape Town will find the Diamond Museum at the V&A Waterfront complex in the newly-renovated Clock Tower.

The museum tells of the history of South Africa's diamond trade and features an array of artefacts relating to the industry. It shows how the stones are created over billions of years, dug up, cut and polished and exported to some of the world's most illustrious jewellers.

Some of the most famous diamonds that were produced in South Africa, including the Hope and the Taylor Burton, have been made into replicas for visitors to see at the museum.

Mariette Du Toit-Helmbold, chief executive of Cape Town Tourism, told BizCommunity: "The Diamond Museum is an exciting addition to Cape Town's diversity of attractions – telling the stories of our city and country and the journeys that shaped our history.

"The Diamond Museum will give visitors and citizens a first-hand experience of South Africa's significant contribution to the international diamond industry."

Visitors will also find at the Waterfront a host of shops, restaurants and attractions including boat rides and art galleries.