Of Gems and Jewels

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Whether you’ve always been fascinated with gems and jewels or simply curious as to how they came to be, the Prins & Prins Museum of Gems and Jewellery is the perfect place to go. Located in the almost 200-year-old wine cellar of the authentically restored 18th century Huguenot House in Cape Town’s Loop Street, this one-of-a-kind museum project aims to tell the story about South Africa’s mineral wealth. It lets visitors learn about unique and rare gemstones, and see the evolution of jewelry across the years. The Prins & Prins Museum of Gems and Jewellery will take guests on a journey from three billion years ago when diamonds first began to form, and these precious stones’ 150 km journey to the surface. It also traces the distinct path of the premium South African diamonds from their origin in extinct volcanoes to the deposits along the coastline.
The museum is free of admission and is open Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 17:00 and on Saturday from 09:00 to 13:00. It is closed on Sundays and during Public Holidays.