Learn about diamonds via diamond guided tours in
As a major historical location for the diamond industry, Amsterdam has had an extended history related to
diamonds. It has been a major diamond center since Sephardic Jews introduced the diamond cutting industry to the city in the later 16th
Ultra-Orthodox Jews are still prominent in worldwide diamond marketing and distribution, and urban legend has it
they hide diamonds in their beards to move them through customs without being detected (?). Whether you believe
this or not, there's no denying that they play an important part in distribution and marketing of diamonds.
|The Netherland's capital Amsterdam has been a major
as well as one of major diamond centers in the world.
Guided diamond tours
Nowadays there are about a dozen diamond cutting facilities in the city, some of which offer guided tours.
The tours are free and are usually conducted 9am to 5pm each day. Walking down the streets you will see a lot of
jewelry stores as well as many diamond businesses with prominent security systems and signs reading "guided diamond
If you go on these tours you'll see some breathtaking diamonds, as well a chance to see these stones being cut
and polished. And if you have some cash to spare, you can purchase one for $4000 to $400,000.
Diamonds are not necessarily cheaper in Amsterdam; however prices are fairly competitive. At least you will have
seen the stones being worked. Plus, when you purchase a diamond from a factory you get an extensive
description of the diamond you acquire so you know exactly what you are buying.
Diamond cutting and polishing tours
The following renowned diamond stores offer diamond-cutting and polishing tours, and sales of the finished
- Coster Diamonds - One of the oldest and most visited diamond cutting and
polishing factories in Amsterdam.
- Gassan Diamonds - Explore four centuries of craftmanship and tradition
transformed into dazzling jewellery.
- Stoeltie Diamonds - This small diamond business is considered a friendly
competitor of Gassan Diamonds.
- Van Moppes Diamonds - This was the the 1st company to offer guided
While you're there, be sure to sample authentic Dutch food at the numerous cafes. If you have a chance eat a
"brodje haring" (an open-faced sandwich with salted herring) or try other seafood specialties from the cuisine of
this seafaring nation.
The best time to visit Holland is spring or fall when the heat of summer and the droves of tourists have
departed and the leaves on the trees aren't blocking the review of the monumental facades. The winters are
penetratingly cold and wet with lots of rain and sleet. Because of the high humidity, it actually feels as cold as
the thirty-below winters common in Canada. Come in spring (March through May)
and catch the Holland Flower Festival at Keukenhof.
|Coster Diamonds are cutting and polishing factory in
visited annually by over 300,000 tourists. (Image by Tripadvisor)
If you're over 40, make sure you pack a pair of reading or magnifying glasses, as museums tend to utilise
microscopic lettertypes for their descriptive plaques.
Here are some of Amsterdam's major tourist attractions:
Anne Frank House - Anne Frank Huis is dedicated to the life and times of Jewish girl Anne
National Museum - Rijksmuseum is a national Dutch museum dedicated to arts and history in
Van Gogh Museum - Dedicated to the works of the famous Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh.
Red Light District - Perhaps one of the most (in)famous attractions in Amsterdam, known for its
National Museum of Modern Art - Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum is an international museum
dedicated to contemporary art and design.
Amstelkring Museum - Our Lord in the Attic Chapel is a religious site, unusually located in the
Red Light District.
Rembrandt House Museum - Museum Het Rembrandt Huis is dedicated to the life and work of famous
Dutch painter Rembrandt.
Jewish Historical Museum - Joods Historisch Museum is the only museum in the Netherlands that
focuses on Jewish history, religion and culture.
Dam Square - It's one of the best known locations in Amsterdam and the Netherlands.
Sauna Deco - Provides you with a rare chance to enjoy Parisian spa luxury for enture
Amsterdam is a fascinating place with lots of things to see and do besides guided diamond tours and diamond
center businesses. After one visit I'm sure you'll be so fascinated you will be determined to come back.