Mineral World - Scratch Patch
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 in Cape Town – and see an amazing variety of gemstone products – is at The Scratch Patch and Mineral World outlets at Simon’s Town and the V&A Waterfront.
Our original - and now world-famous - Scratch Patch was started in Simon’s Town in 1970. (It has since been “copied” in other parts of the world!)It is a place where you can have loads of fun “scratching” for your favourite tumble-polished gemstones (link to Tumble Polished Gemstones page) from thousands of polished stones that quite literally cover the floor.
There are a wide variety of tumble-polished gemstones in the Scratch Patch, mostly popular Southern African stones 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 – and being surrounded by so many colourful stones is a memorable and uplifting experience. More and more “mainstream” people are starting to believe that gemstones have “powers” – and being surrounded by so many beautiful polished gemstones certainly does have a calming effect on many people – and especially children!
You can purchase a small plastic bag or container ranging in price from R17 (approx US$2) for a small bag to R99 (approx US$13) for a large container. What stones you put in your bag or container is up to you!
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