About Us

Almost all jewellery production in south Africa is automated, resulting in mass-produced items that often have a shorter lifespan than traditionally-made jewellery. Your engagement ring is the beginning of a life-long relationship, choose your manufacturer very carefully. At Cape diamonds we strive to hand- craft all our jewellery. You are welcome to visit us in our workshop.

JOEL GRAHAM is the hands behind Cape Diamonds.

Joel originates from Hogsback, a small town in the Eastern Cape, surrounded by indigenous forest .This close relationship to nature is evident in the design of his jewellery pieces.

Joel completed his degree in Jewellery Design and Manufacture at Natal University of Technology.

Expanding his experience, he moved to the United Kingdom and worked alongside some of the greatest jewellery designers and goldsmiths:
Roger Birmingham , winner of the European Jewellery Skills Test worked alongside Joel for many years;
Joel was fortunate to be able to offer his skills to THE FINE JEWELLERY ROOM, HARRODS, LONDON;
And he went on to hand-manufacture designs for Barbara Tipple, RECORD-BREAKING WINNER OF 4 DEBEERS INTERNATIONAL JEWELLERY DESIGN AWARDS.

Working with Barbara and her husband, the world-renowned silversmith, David Ward, Joel learned both new and ancient jewellery technigues,such as reposé, hand engraving, anti-clastic raising, and pavé setting.

Joel has 18 years experience in creating jewellery, and was recently sponsored by ANGLO PLATINUM to give lectures on working with platinum and on handmade jewellery techniques to 4th year students at Stellenbosh University.

He specialises in gold, white gold, platinum and palladium and in setting precious stones.


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