Were referred here by Kensington Place Hotel and by a tour guide affiliated with Wilderness Safaris, for which we are very grateful Spent a stellar couple in this charming and somewhat ancient (17th or 18th century) Hugenot house, starting with the drama of being buzzed through a heavy security door at the top of the entry staircase, then receiving a most cordial greeting from staff that included offers of coffee or tea on a chilly winter day.
We were soon introduced to Leonard, whom I believe heads the sales department, a most engaging, candid, entertaining and personable gentleman. Leonard took us through the ins-and-outs of diamond qualities and defects, after which we browsed the showcases and my partner found a lovely pair of diamond hoop earrings at a price about half what we would have paid for a similar item from a reputable jeweler in San Francisco. The selection is good but not enormous, as Prins & Prins appears to only sell what its five jewelers design and make in the basement workshop. A diamond and emerald-studded, Cartier-style leopard's head necklace was another eye-catching item at a reasonable price.
Whether or not you buy anything, do NOT fail to ask Leonard to show you the basement and let you peruse the very informative, museum-quality exhibits depicting the history of jewels, mining and jewelry making in southern Africa. Also interesting to look over the shoulders of the jewelers who are busy melting gold bars, sawing and drilling the mounts, polishing the stones, etc.
When it finally felt like time to move on, Leonard introduced us to one of the owners, another cordial and distinguished gentleman who expressed appreciation for our patronage. Eagerly anticipate returning here one day.
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