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Mapatiza Mine Tour and Gecko Jewellers World of Gemstones

Gecko Jewellers World of Gemstones, MidrandGecko Jewellers World of Gemstones, based in Midrand, offers a huge range of designer jewellery made from stones mined at their company-owned mines. This venue is a popular attraction for locals and visitors alike.

Not only is the showroom an educational experience – seeing the amazing range of gem stones  and collectibles – but the prices are “direct” to the public, making the purchase of a sterling silver or gold piece of jewellery even more attractive.

Gemstones at Gecko Jewellers World of Gemstones

The big 5 gemstones are diamond, sapphire, emerald, ruby and tanzanite, but you can see a whole lot more – amethyst, citrine, fluorite, lapis lazuli, obsidian, tourmaline, opal, zircon, peridot, garnet, topaz, turquoise, aquamarine, agate, carnelian, jasper, onyx, crystal quartz, rose quartz and South Africa’s very own tiger’s eye.

Mapatiza Mine Tour, Midrand

In addition to shopping your heart out, you can visit a replica of one of the company’s mines. Here you will learn about gemstone mining and experience a huge variety of African gemstones being cobbed, sorted and polished. Explore the outside mine-run, view colourful underground chambers and passages and experience the personal touch of the guides.

Also on the premises is a huge kiddies scratch patch – hours of fun for all ages, jungle gym and go-carts and while the kids are scratching for gems, parents can enjoy a cappuccino in the open air country style coffee shop.

Address: 52 Mercury Dr, Crowthorne AH, Midrand. Phone: 011 468 1467. Hours: Monday to Saturday 9am to 4pm. Sunday 9am to 2pm. : Website:

Directions: From JHB: On the N1 highway, take Allandale off-ramp, travel towards Kyalami Race Track. At the T-junction, turn right, Third traffic light turn right into Arthur Ave (by Crowthorne Shops). Pass the Satellite dishes and turn first left into Mercury – look for number 52 on the right. Or use New Road Off ramp.

From Pretoria: On the N1 highway, take the New Road off-ramp, follow the sign immediately to Crowthorne, please note that New Road changes names twice before becoming Arthur Avenue. Turn right into Mercury at the Satellite dishes.

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