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TAILOR MADE SHOPPING TOURS

DIAMOND & GEMS OF SOUTH AFRICA


Treat yourself to a shopping extravaganza at Cape Town’s premier shopping host spots! This tour is designed for those who love to shop!

This tour can include, but is not limited to – African Curio Markets
–  Large shopping malls like the V&A Waterfront, Canal Walk & Cavendish Square
–  Local leather crafts
–  Local South African clothing and jewelry design
–  Local fresh produce food markets
–  Antiques
–  Art Galleries
–  Diamonds, Gold, Platinum, Gem Stones

Explore the history of the South African diamond rush and where it all began!

The discovery of diamonds in South Africa in 1867 sparked a historic diamond rush, and had a profound impact on the diamond world. Within a decade, 95% of all diamonds were coming from South Africa.

Explore the romance and realities of this fascinating era as we trace the stunning rise and famous rivalries of the local diamond industry. Diamonds are the world's most desirable treasure - and the oldest, with origins over three billion years ago - and South Africa's contribution to that history changed the world diamond industry forever.


DIAMOND & GEM TOUR - We will take you to local leading suppliers of cut diamonds, tanzanite, coloured gemstones and fine jewellery.

Unlike many other suppliers, our distributors process diamonds from their rough state into the final masterpiece - all under one roof. Eliminate the middleman, which allows them to offer highly competitive prices, making jewellery of the finest quality, accessible to more customers.

A diamond is the salute to the precious moments in our lives, a dazzling reminder of someone's love, a reward for a great accomplishment and an enduring symbol to be treasured and celebrated.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT DIAMOND
Diamonds are graded using a universal system that assesses the stone on its colour, clarity, cut and carat-weight, commonly known as the 'Four Cs'. Every diamond, no matter how large or small, has a set of unique characteristics that determine its value.

DID YOU KNOW

  • • A diamond is the hardest natural substance on earth; A diamond is 58 times harder than the next hardest   mineral on earth, corundum, from which rubies and sapphires are formed.
  • • Ever since the Kimberley diamond strike of 1868, South Africa has been a world leader in diamond   production.
  • • In 2003, the nation's total diamond output of 11,900,000 carats (2.38 t). This figure includes both gem   stones and industrial diamonds. Diamond production rose in 2005 to over 15,800,000 carats (3.16 t).
  • • The world's largest diamond was the Cullinan, found in South Africa in 1905. It measred 3,106.75 carats   uncut.
  • • Not all diamonds are white. Impurities lend diamonds a shade of blue, red, orange, yellow, green and even   black. Vivid blue, green and pink mined diamonds are the rarest.
  • • The word carat derives from the carob bean. Gem dealers used to balance their scales with carob beans   because these beans all have same weight.

SOUTH AFRICAN DIAMOND HISTORY

The 1867 discovery of diamonds in the Cape Colony, South Africa, radically modified not only the world's supply of diamonds but also the conception of them. As annual world diamond production increased more than tenfold in the following 10 years, a once extremely rare material became accessible to Western society with its growing wealth. Today South Africa maintains its position as a major diamond producer.

The story of diamonds in South Africa begins between December 1866 and February 1867 when 15-year-old Erasmus Jacobs found a transparent rock on his father's farm, on the south bank of the Orange River. Over the next few years, South Africa yielded more diamonds than India had in over 2,000 years.

The first diamond discoveries in South Africa were alluvial. By 1869, diamonds were found far from any stream or river. First in yellow earth and below in hard rock called blue ground, later called kimberlite, after the mining town of Kimberley. In the 1870's and 1880's Kimberley, encompassing the mines that produced 95% of the world's diamonds, was home to great wealth and fierce rivalries, most notably that between Cecil John Rhodes and Barney Barnato, English immigrants who consolidated early 31ft prospects into ever larger holdings and mining companies. In 1888, Rhodes prevailed and merged the holdings of those synonymous with diamonds. Today South Africa is one of the highest quality diamond producers.

TANZANITE

Learn about this fascinating gemstone from our tanzanite experts, who offer in-depth tanzanite education and guidance. Visit the two tanzanite museum concept stores to follow the journey of the history, discovery and mining of this unique gemstone through audio and visual presentations.

As our distributers manage every aspect of tanzanite's journey from mine to market, any gem or jewellery bought from The Tanzanite Experience stores are of guaranteed quality, authenticity and provenance. Certification is available for all pieces. Thanks to our association with Tanzanite One Mining, the largest and most sophisticated miner of tanzanite, The Tanzanite Experience customer's benefit from top quality tanzanite, which has followed an ethical route to market, directly from the source.

RARITY OF TANZENITE

  • • The rare and precious gemstone tanzanite is found in only one place on earth, deep in the foothills of   Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, East Africa. The entire area mined is only four square kilometres wide.
  • • Intense geological research has shown tanzanite's geology to be totally unique. The chance of it occurring   outside the current production area (and its immediate vicinity) is less than a million to one.
  • • At the current rate of mining, it is expected that the source of tanzanite will be depleted within 25 years,   and many experts believe tanzanite will disappear within a generation.
  • • So tanzanite is rare in both a gemmological and geographic sense. In fact, its single source and limited   supply makes it at least one thousand times rarer than diamonds.

THE TANZANITE GENERATION

We are living during what has become known as the 'Tanzanite Generation.' For us, it is possible to be a first-time owner of a faceted tanzanite. Those fortunate to already own a tanzanite and those who will purchase one before the only known deposit is depleted, are custodians of a gem that will be passed on as an heirloom to future generations.

TANZANITE: A UNIQUE AND EXQUISITE COLOUR

Tanzanite's exquisite colour is an intriguing mix of blue and purple, unlike any other gemstone. The stones come in a wide and varied range of hues: light blues or lilacs, to deep indigos and violets.

The very best stones sparkle with strong flashes of blue and violet. Tanzanite is identified by, and is valued for it two hues and typically shows strong pleochroism, which means it displays different colours from different directions. It usually looks blueish from some directions, purplish from others. Rich, deep hues are the rarest and highly valued, but you'll usually see these deep colours only in stones weighing 5 carats or more.


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Guest Reviews
Very knowledgeable, polite and understanding of my personal interests, needs. After a very short time I felt like I'm traveling with my best friend which I know long time. Highly recommended if you look for five star service. Joanna rocks!
Thank you Joanna.
Andrew Oplocki
Canada, February 2011

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