The great Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama was the first to make a definitive sighting of the Seychelles during his second voyage. In 1502, crossing from India to Africa, the Admiral sighted a group of coral islands he named Les Amirantes (Admiral Islands) after himself. In 1517, the Portuguese mapped the area, keeping the name Amirantes for the coral islands and dubbing the nearby granite islands, the Seven Sisters.
Vasco de Gama, the great explorer pioneered the route of trade, mapping a way for spices and jewels to enter Portugal. The ruler of Calicut and the King of Portugal agreed to set up a trade agreement. Da Gama had accomplished his mission. He opened up a trade route with the East by sea.
The journey of vessels filled with rare merchandise; exotic spice, gold, treasure, diamonds, gems, marked a path, connecting country to country and ensuring the Seychelles was not simply an island standing on its own, but a point that connected two parts of the world.
The Diamond Works, Victoria, Mahe celebrates the history of cultures connected, and discovery of precious collections. The Diamond Works Institute showcases the world’s premium diamonds and tanzanite, handcrafted gold and platimun jewellery, and internationally renowned luxury watch brands.
Enroute, in discovering all the Seychelles has to offer, uncover the richness of its diversity and link to finest merchandise – experience a Sparkling Tour.