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.
Carat = diamond weight graphic

The Term 'Carat' Explained

Ever wonder where the term 'carat' originates from? 'Carat' is a term used to describe the weight of a diamond, and the word originates from Ceratonia siliqua, commonly known as the Carob tree.
Cullinan Diamond

Cullinan Rough 3,106 Carats

Discovered in January 1905 at the Premier Mine in South Africa, the Cullinan Diamond is the largest gem-quality rough diamond ever discovered weighing 3,106ct and achieved instant notoriety across the globe.
Yair Shimansky at the Cape Town Diamond Museum

Cape Town Diamond Museum Open

Mariëtte Du Toit-Helmbold, CEO of Cape Town Tourism and Yair Shimansky, CEO of Shimansky officially declare the Cape Town Diamond Museum open at a ribbon cutting ceremony held on 23 November 2011 in the newly ungraded Clock Tower Precinct at the Waterfront.