Diamond Rush

I recently visited the Cape Town Diamond Museum located at the Waterfront of Cape Town, South Africa.  If you happen to be in the area I highly recommend a visit.  The museum does a fantastic job of explaining the formation of diamonds and demonstrating the process of cutting/polishing.  Beyond that, the museum takes you through the unique relationship between the diamond industry and South Africa.  Did you know for instance, that between the 1870's and 1880’s that 95% of the world’s diamond were mined in South Africa – creating the first “diamond rush.”  The museum is a non-profit organization run by Shimansky  - the leading name in quality diamonds in Cape Town.  Visiting the museum can be completed in less than an hour – leaving plenty of time for diamond shopping!