Museum: Diamond museum, Antwerp
Antwerp is the diamond center of the World. If diamonds really are a girl's best friend, than a lot of ladies will not leave out a visit to the diamond district around the Railway Station. This area is also the Jewish part of the city. The presence of many 'Chassidic' Jewish people gives the city a flair that cannot be found in other Belgian cities.
Welcome to the World Diamond Center.
Did you know that out of 10 diamonds you have ever admired 7 come from Antwerp?
Indeed,the constant coming and going of professional buyers,diamond dealers and jewelry manufacturies poses great security problems.
Precautions are visible everywhere and form the main reason for the widespread ignorance as to the strong impact of Antwerp in the world diamond economy,70%of the world diamond production is yearly handled in Antwerp.
Antwerp is the world centre of diamond processing and of the diamond trade. The famous Antwerp cut and the advanced scientific research are founded on the centuries of tradition, which are brought to life in this museum.
The displays guide visitors through the whole production process from mining to the dazzling end product. The history of the fascinating industry and trade that have developed around these little gems is also covered. A complete nineteenth-century diamond workshop has been reconstructed in the museum, but the real centerpiece is the treasure chamber where priceless pieces of jewelry sparkle seductively.
On Saturday afternoons and by arrangement in advance on weekdays, you can see a diamond cutter at work in the museum. Guided tours of modern cutting and polishing shops and showrooms can also be arranged.