DIAMOND BLOG

Peridotite

Oldest substance known to man

The Cape Town Diamond Museum will have on display at the Tourism Indaba some rare specimens dating 3.5 billion years old. Visitors are invited to view Peridotite, a dense, coarse-grained igneous rock that is the oldest substance known to man.
3 Billion Year Old Portrait of a Woman diamond

3 Billion Year Old Portrait of a Woman

From the Mona Lisa to Whistler’s Mother – portraits of women have always held intrigue and mystery. If a 500 year old portrait of a woman can be so entrancing, can you imagine the story that lies beneath a 3 billion year old portrait?
Durban Tourism Indaba 2013 banner

Visit us at the Tourism Indaba 2013

The Tourism Indaba is one of the largest tourism marketing events on the African calendar and will take place from 11 – 14 May 2013 at the Albert Luthuli Convention Centre (Durban ICC).
Large red diamond

Red Diamonds - The rarest of them all

Diamonds can occur in almost all colours of the spectrum, with yellow being the most common of all the fancy coloured diamonds. Although all natural fancy coloured diamonds are extremely rare, none are more so than the red diamond.
women at the Cape Town Diamond Museum enjoying sparkling wine

The 4 Cs of Cape Town

You think you know Cape Town... but when last did you take the time to experience the luxuries this city holds? In the same way a diamond is measured on the 4Cs (cut, colour, clarity and carat weight), we invited some of South Africa’s top travel and lifestyle bloggers to join us for an afternoon of extravagance.
Cape Town Diamond Museum International Museum Day banner 2012

Celebrate International Museum Day

The 18th of May is International Museum Day, which was established by the International Council of Museums in 1977. This day aims to raise awareness on how museums are integral to the development of society, and a day where international recognition is given to museums for their contribution to our world’s culture.
fancy diamond colour scale

Modern colour grading system

The colour of a diamond is measured on an alphabetical scale beginning at D (Colourless) and ending at Z (Fancy Yellow Range).
Portraits of Archduke Maximilian of Hamburg and his wife to be, Mary of Burgundy

History of the Engagement Ring

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the magic of romance is sure to fill the air. For centuries diamonds have symbolised love and commitment, but have you ever wondered where the tradition of giving an engagement ring as a betrothal gift came from?
celebrities wearing diamonds at the Golden Globe awards

Diamonds Rock the Red Carpet

The 69th Annual Golden Globes held Sunday 15th January 2012 in Beverly Hills, California, was no exception. Celebrities adorned in spectacular diamond jewels took to the red carpet in an overwhelming number of carats. Diamond studs, drops and chandelier earrings were once again a favourite, with a few out of the ordinary pieces.