Whether you go window-shopping or are looking for some serious bling, Amsterdam is the place to be. Amsterdam’s sparkling history of diamonds goes back more than 400 years, making it one of Europe’s most prominent gemstone cities. If you are as intrigued as we are and are on the hunt for some sparking new treasures, keep reading.
Diamonds are forever
Today, there are several diamond factories in Amsterdam where you’ll be able to see fantastic jewelry and handcrafts being made. The industry grew and flourished a long time ago, introduced by the Sephardic Jews in the late 16th century. From the 1700s, the diamond trade was initially dominated by Spanish and Portuguese Jews who could find the diamonds on international markets. Today, you’re never far from sparkles and glamour when staying at Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam, a great hub for exploring the Jewish Quarter and diamond areas
A family business
One of the factories in the city is the renowned, family owned jeweler Gassan. With their very own patented cut, the Gassan 121, they’re one of the best when it comes to producing perfect stones. Even though you may not know it, their 57 face diamonds are to be seen in Breitling, Cartier, Mont Blanc and Rolex products, just to mention a few. If you want a special experience, you should opt for one of their extraordinary and memorable tours.
A game of stones
Gassan offer a wide range of tours suited for curious visitors and serious buyers. If you’re looking for a crash-course in cutting, we recommend the free tour which is available every day from 9:00 to 17:00. This will teach you all you need to know about colors, clarity, cuts and carats or as the pro’s call them, the four C’s. The tours are available in 25 languages, so you won’t miss out on any important details. If you visit with your better half and you’re coincidentally planning a wedding, you should definitely opt for the wedding VIP tour. Maybe you’ll find the perfect diamond ring. Either way, you’ll go home with a fantastic wedding goodie bag filled with experiences, inspiration and a nice little discount that may come in handy after seeing their unforgettable rings.
Gems on display
If you’re not looking to buy and just want to appreciate the fine crafting of these precious stones, drop by the Diamond Museum. Gemstone aficionados may already know that the museum houses famous creations such as the Katana, the Rembrandt diamond and The Ape Skull, but you will also be able to see diamonds in the making when you meet the cutters and goldsmiths during your tour. If your hands itch to make your own little masterpiece, fear not. Sign up for the workshop with Coster Diamonds and get a chance to create your very own, which also includes an authentic diamond certificate.
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