Shimansky
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About
The Shimansky legacy began over two decades ago with Founder and CEO, Yair Shimansky. As one of the most recognised and revered jewellery brands, Shimansky is respected world-wide for innovative design and superior artistry. Shimansky holds more than ten jewellery patented designs, over five international diamond cut patents and is responsible for introducing platinum to jewellery making in South Africa. The Millennium® diamond ring is the most coveted engagement ring and the My Girl® diamond is the first internationally patented diamond cut to originate in South Africa. Shimansky has expanded to include several jewellery stores nationally and a newly opened boutique on New York’s iconic 5th Avenue. The quest for perfection is never-ending, and Shimansky believes that the best is yet to come.
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  • Aaron K
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great thing to do when at the V&A
    The museum itself is packed full of fascinating information and was incredibly interesting as well as informative. Our guide, Nadya, was amazing throughout. We have recommended this activity to friends and would even go back ourselves.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 8, 2023
  • Perin
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely diamond museum and factory tour
    Very interesting museum tour. The staff was very knowledgeable and explained everything perfectly. They have super beautiful diamond cuts and lovely jewelry. Highly recommend the diamond museum tour to increase your knowledge about diamonds.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 14, 2023
  • Isobel
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Insight on Shimansky
    I was in awe of the beautiful tanzanite and diamond collection! Marleen(please do excuse my spelling) gave an incredible tour of Shimansky and has such a detailed insight into the history of diamonds, why they are so special, how diamonds are formed, various types of diamonds and what are done to diamonds to get them to jewellery quality. I highly recommend Shimansky!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 20, 2023
  • Aila P
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom81 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliance shines through.
    An excellent tour with Nadia Buchanan this morning. She explained the history and facts so clearly about diamonds. The workshops were also on display - fascinating. The full range of high quality diamonds and jewellery were on display and Nadia stressed that any budget could be catered for with their 4c’s. I would still like to win the lottery!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 22, 2023
  • Nadia
    Johannesburg, South Africa2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Customer Service
    I had a very pleasant experience at the Shimansky store. I was reminded of what customer service looks like, something that is hardly experienced of late. Thank you to Chane that treated me like royalty, i feel proud to be an owner of a Shimansky masterpiece. Having my ring cleaned and 'serviced' was very affordable and they accommodated my short timeframe in cape town. Thank you for amazing service and delivering to customer needs.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 23, 2023
  • Karen H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Nice Surprise
    Visiting Shimansky on a whim, we were delighted by Constantina Tanner, a classy and knowledgeable guide. As much as I would have enjoyed sipping champagne while buying one of the lovely diamonds in the showroom, it was, alas, not a budgeted item for this trip to South Africa. Nevertheless, Constantina was not of the hard sell. At no point did we feel under pressure to do more than enjoy the tour and the gleaming gems. Constantina being one of them.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 24, 2023
  • Judy R
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An excellent visit to Shimasky Diamond store and museum in Cape Town, South Africa, Waterfront.
    A visit to the Shimasky diamond store and museum in Cape Town Waterfront was included as part of a Gate 1 tour to Africa. While a stop at a business on a tour is not unusual, the history of the diamond business provided during this visit was very interesting and informative. Nadia, our visit guide, was enthusiastic and helpful in answering questions during her presentation about diamond mining and jewelry preparation. We enjoyed seeing replicas of famous diamonds and the display of beautiful settings in the store.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 3, 2023
  • DeniseLHLFL
    Rendlesham, United Kingdom55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Diamond Museum… History of Diamonds 💎
    Our hotel recommend a trip to the Shimansky Diamond Museum… I’m so pleased we did. Thanks to Nadya Buchanan, we are now more educated when it comes to knowing what to look for when jewellery shopping. We had no intention of purchasing anything and we didn’t feel that made any difference when on the tour or in the store. It has made us decide to definitely come back when next in Cape Town and actually make a purchase. They can design items around set budgets and this is what I will be doing. They have some amazing pieces of jewellery to fit with most budgets. Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 8, 2023
  • Desirée W
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sparkles, bubbles and joy
    Thanks a million sparkly diamonds to Monaisha for communicating with us over the two years it took us to finally make our way to South Africa (thanks, Covid)! When we finally made it, Monaisha welcomed us with open arms, gave our daughters (and us) a fantastic educational tour through the diamond museum, and had the patience of a saint as I tried on every single eternity ring they had, in order to find the right style. Within one week, my wedding ring (a millennium ring) was serviced to look like new and a beautiful new ring was set according to our orders and Monaisha was supportive, responsive and so much fun throughout the entire process. What a wonderful experience that was rounded off with a nice glass of bubbly to celebrate, thank you ✨
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 24, 2023
  • Gerard V
    Cape Town Central, South Africa1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rockwell Showroom - Old School World Class Service
    In todays world of retail and sales one is often confronted with attitudes do disinterest, total lack of commitment and just a general sense of apathy. That is why it makes encountering an individual such as Cindy Rudolph (Rockwell) showroom, such an immense and awesome experience. She exudes old school class and style that many of her peers still have to discover. Her ability to engage one, her commitment, dedication and effort to making the purchase experience is like no other that I have seen before. I am truly in awe of this individual, as I had for a long time thought that throughout the retail spectrum, we no longer have people with the work ethic and characteristics that comes so easily to her. I have renewed hope and faith, also truly grateful to have encountered Cindy. Thank you Cindy. Last, but not least - your Rockwell showroom is an amazing setting and the Team is truly world class. You can be so proud of them.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 30, 2023
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MadronoNY
New York, NY1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
My travel companion and I had the good fortune to visit the Capetown Diamond Museum followed by a tour of the Shimansky Diamond factory and showroom.
We had the good fortune of having Nadya Buchanan as our tour guide. She explained the history of the Diamond trade in a multimedia presentation that captured our attention. In addition to the museum there was a tour of Shimansky’s and how diamonds are cut and prepared was explained to us. We were able to make a purchase in our price range although it should be noted there was no pressure or expectation for a purchase. Nadya was the epitome of outstanding customer service.
We highly recommend this destination when in Capetown.
Written November 30, 2022
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Karen F
Uxbridge, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
We spent about an hour at the museum and show room with Nadya as our guide. The history of diamond mining in South Africa was very interesting. Unfortunately, we arrived too late to watch the professionals working on the diamonds, which would have been fantastic. We looked around the showroom and Nadya explained about so much of the jewellery that was there. I would recommend a visit, especially if you are thinking of buying any diamond jewellery, you will certainly learn what to look out for. There is no hard sell so no worries there.
Written February 11, 2020
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Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us - we are delighted to hear that Nadya took such great care of you! We hope to welcome you back to the opulent world of Shimansky in the near future. Warmest Regards, The Shimansky Team
Written February 17, 2020
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Cher
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
I needed to have my ring cleaned and polished before my wedding. Shamie went above and beyond to arrange with the workshop to prioritise the cleaning of my ring and ensured that my ring will be polished and ready before my wedding. We had a delightful experience working with Shamie and we cannot thank her enough for her amazing customer service. We will highly recommend all the staff members from the Shimansky store located in V&A Waterfront as they made our entire experience very pleasant and we will always remember the wonderful customer experience we had with this store.
Written September 27, 2022
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Nadia
Johannesburg, South Africa2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
I had a very pleasant experience at the Shimansky store. I was reminded of what customer service looks like, something that is hardly experienced of late. Thank you to Chane that treated me like royalty, i feel proud to be an owner of a Shimansky masterpiece.
Having my ring cleaned and 'serviced' was very affordable and they accommodated my short timeframe in cape town.
Thank you for amazing service and delivering to customer needs.
Written March 23, 2023
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Michele P
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
My husband and I visited Shimansky on a recent trip to Cape Town. Wesley did an AMAZING job on our tour sharing valuable information about diamonds and precious gems in the region. We knew we wanted to make a small purchase. However, because of Wesley’s attention to detail and outstanding customer service we ended up spending much more on two valuable, unique pieces to treasure for years to come and commemorate our time in South Africa. When visiting Cape Town, you must go to Shimanskys and must see Wesley.

Michele & Jeremy
Written May 16, 2022
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Dida Enslin
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
It was a great experience, excellent staff. A insightful tour of themuseum and jewelery manufacturing line was done with Nadya Buchannon. She reflected the deep South African Diamond Heritage and the value beauty of these stones. The quality of the simansky jewelery is exepctional. They go the extra mile.
Written December 30, 2021
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CB
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
I was looking for a pair of tanzanite and diamond earrings whilst on holiday in Cape Town and Shimansky delivered. Excellent service from Chené from the minute I walked in, she was very friendly and welcoming and helped me look at the different styles and sizes to find the pair that suited me best. The V&A store has a wonderful collection of pieces and I would definitely recommend a visit. Thank you to Chené for all your help!
Written October 18, 2022
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Barrie S
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
I completely underestimated this experience. The kids were spellbound and we all learnt so much. Special thanks to Nadya Buchanan who was just magic and made it so fun and accessible. Where else can a 5-year old try on a R7,5m engagement ring 💎😅
Written June 11, 2023
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yogeshroff
Dubai, United Arab Emirates53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Firstly special thanks to Arlando for amazing service. Shimansky has a nice museum with lots of history & details. We can also see the experts cutting/ polishing the diamonds. The collection in the shop is also very nice. Marlene Naidoo supported us & was very knowledgable. They have certain patented styles, not seen elsewhere. Price seems to be slightly on the higher side with very little discount, but high quality compensates for it. The walk to Clock tower across waterfront is also very nice. Must visit if you have some time.
Written December 23, 2023
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Travelbug
capetown31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
They do a lovely introduction where they show you the history of diamonds in the world, as well as South Africa.
You can see the workshops and the craftsmen creating jewelry.

You can see how they polish and cut diamonds as well as Tanzanite. Very interesting.

You even get offered a coffee, glas of wine or juice!
And you do not feel pressured to buy something from the wonderful sales ladies.
Written October 5, 2022
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