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Diamond Shopping in Antwerp, Belgium

Christian Kerber A man examining a diamond for cut, clarity, and color.

Photo: Christian Kerber

With its trams, cobblestoned alleys, and constantly tolling church bells, it is a very charming—if rather peculiar—place, whose best known export, besides those diamonds, is frisky avant-garde fashion. Symbols of love may shout from every vitrine, but the Antwerp diamond exchange is, at bottom, a commodities market. Every diamond sold here is guaranteed conflict-free, in compliance with UN resolutions (sales have not funded rebel, military, or terrorist groups), and each invoice must state this clearly. Read the article

Destinations: Antwerp

Inspired by: Sourcing Diamonds in Antwerp — by Lynn Yaeger, Published Aug. 2006

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    Hilton Antwerp

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    De Witte Lelie

    A perennial favorite, this whitewashed hotel (the name, after all, means "white lily") is comprised of a row of three 17th-century restored town h

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Activities (6)

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    Antwerp Diamond Jewellers Association

    The association vets dealers and has strict membership criteria—to be eligible, you have to have been in the market for at least 10 years.

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    Diamond Museum

    Here, an exhaustive history of the diamond trade is offered but most come for the dark corridors that hold brightly lit cases filled with 19th-cent

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    Katz Jewellers

    Find Katz in his Appelmansstraat digs, a chic showroom with a massive marble fireplace and an imposing chandelier. "You must consider your jeweler

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    Diamondland

    The exhibition space and salesroom lets the public observe cutters and setters through windowed booths.

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    Diamond House

    Diamond House sits the heart of Antwerp's jewelry district.

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    Adelin

    The antique-jewelry shop is just down the street from Dries Van Noten's fashion flagship.

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