Southern Africa is often considered the “gemstone capital of the world” as almost half of the world’s gemstones are found in this part of the world. For this reason, experiencing the amazing beauty and variety of gemstones is an absolute “must” for visitors to Cape Town.
One of the most popular and convenient places to see and buy gemstones – and see an amazing variety of gemstone products – is at the Scratch Patch and Mineral World outlets.
The Scratch Patch
At the Scratch Patch in Simon’s Town, you can have loads of fun “scratching” for your favourite tumble-polished gemstones from thousands of polished stones that quite literally cover the floor! A wide variety of tumble-polished gemstones are found in the Scratch Patch, such as Tiger’s Eye, Rose Quartz, Amethyst, Jasper, Agates and Crystals. If you’re lucky, you might find virtually anything including Lapis Lazuli, Blue Lace Agate and some really exotic stones! It’s an inexpensive visit and popular with all ages!
At our Mineral World in Simon’s Town you will find an incredible range of gemstone items from inexpensive souvenir items to genuine collectors items and investment gems. A large proportion of the items originate from the Topstones factory. Our highly experienced staff can assist you in finding whatever gemstone item you heart desires! Stock items include a fine range of jewellery (including gold, silver, and facetted stones - many of which are cut on our premises); gemstone carvings and ethnic-art items; gem trees; gemstone gifts, souveniers, bracelets, pendants, home décor items, ornaments, etc.; Gifts-for-Men, including executive games made from gemstones; rough, natural gemstones and mineral specimens from our Rock Shop; and loads of inexpensive items that make ideal take-home-gifts for family and friends.
At the Topstones factory in Simon’s Town you can see one of the world’s largest gemstone factories and watch how gemstones are tumble-polished and crafted into many interesting and varied products. An interesting trip for adults and children alike!
Small container of gemstones: R17
Large container of gemstones: R95