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Diamonds, a fading glory that still shines
Though Antwerpen and Amsterdam are still making up 95% of the world diamond cutting industry, the role of Amsterdam is slowly fading towards a bigger importance of Antwerpen. This however used to be different as only a few decades ago Amsterdam was number one of those two. Still, in Amsterdam there are many diamond cutting "factories" and atelliers in which the diamonds are put into gold and silver to become precious jewelery. There are various guided tours on this item and one can book them at the tourist office near the Central Station. Remember: diamonds are forever.
The Gassan Diamonds
Amsterdam is renowned for its diamonds.
The Gassan Diamond collection is the most exquisite and extensive collection in the Netherlands!
You can experience the sensation of diamond cutting first-hand and view every stage of the process
Some scenes from the Bond film Diamonds are Forever were shot in Amsterdam.
Tour Amsterdam's Gem-Cutting...
Tour Amsterdam's Gem-Cutting Factories:
You get to meet polishers working in the back & discover the art of diamond-cutting & shaping.
VAN MOPPES DIAMONDS: The world's smallest cut diamond of 0.24 milligrams can be found here.
When the diamond trade was...
When the diamond trade was introduced to Amsterdam in the 16th century, this city developed into one of the world's most important diamond centers. After the Second World War almost nothing remained of this. During the War more than 2000 Jewish diamond polishers disappeared from Amsterdam into concentration camps in Germany and Poland.
After the war the diamond trade was in part returned to its former glory due to the efforts of the diamond merchants and help from abroad. Nowadays the diamond trade attracts millions of tourists and buyers from around the world. Most diamond polishers as well as diamond traders give demonstrations in diamond cutting.
Many diamond shops can be found in Amsterdam including: Gassan Diamonds, Amsterdam Diamond Center, Van Moppes Diamonds, Stoeltie Diamonds and Coster Diamonds.
Many famous diamonds were cut and polished in Amsterdam. For example, the 'Cullinan', the largest diamond ever found. But also the 'Koh-I-Noor', which means Mountain of Light, was cut for the British Crown Jewels in 1852. Furthermore, the world's smallest diamond, just 0.00012 carat, but with 57 facest, was also cut in Amsterdam.
One attractive visit is go to...
One attractive visit is go to a Diamond Workshop. There you'll enjoy buying jewels at good price and see the incredible transformation. There are several places in the city: Amsterdam Diamond Center (located in Rokin). I went to Gassan Diamonds and was a great visit! People was really nice!
Enjoy yourself next to a diamond that cost the salary of all your life! It's a strange feeling!
Than beautiful nature, tasty food, we grabbed by..
I joined the tour. 25 people(!!) of us went to Gassan diamonds. They gazed at the diamonds,,completely captured by the luminous sparkle.
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