Throughout the journey you find out how the diamonds are mined and processed, what does their global history and industry look like, what are the most stunning objects and facts (both, from good and bad side).
You will see the old tools and machines, stories about diamond trade and distribution, the exhibition of royal crowns from different cultures and countries.
Old goldsmith's bench
For centuries, different seeds and organic things were used to measure the weight of diamonds
Old diamond-cutting machine
- the first diamonds are thought to be found in India 1000 B.C. and it remained the most important supplier until the 18th century;
- 20% of diamonds is used for jewelry, the rest – for industrial purposes. 95-99% of diamonds today are synthetic;
- in Venice of the 14th century diamonds were cut for the 1st time;
- in the 17th century Amsterdam became the world center for processing and trading diamonds. Up to modern days in Antwerp more than 60% of all cut diamonds in the world are traded;
- the first diamond exhibition in the world was held in 1936.
One of the things that surprised me the most is that from the second half of the 19th century onwards, the people of the Netherlands have repeatedly presented jewels to its Queens as a national gift. No, literally, they gathered means and bought enormous diamonds for the crown. Many times. Can you imagine that?!