Antwerp diamond disctrict and jewelers
13 September, 2019 13:57
The diamond district in Antwerp is actually no more than three small streets, located near the Central Station of Antwerp. There is no vehicle access and there is night and day strict surveillance by the police and military.
In the buildings of the diamond district are hundreds of small and large firms dealing in both rough, polished and industrial diamonds
Most buildings have strict access and are accessible only to diamond dealers and their staff. Everywhere there is camera surveillance, both outside and inside the buildings. Private customers are not allowed in principle, by invitation only. Interesting are the tours of Antwerp's diamond district organized almost daily.
The three most famous buildings are the diamond club and the diamond exchange where mainly polished diamonds are traded. The diamond 'kring' building is mostly used for trading rough diamonds.
Please note, in the streets surrounding the "real" diamond district are very many jewelers. These tourists are sometimes mistaken for diamonds.
Diamond Laboratories HRD, IGI and recently also GIA
Both HRD and IGI have their head offices in the Antwerp diamond district. Both HRD and IGI are internationally recognized certificates and together with GIA (from the USA), considered the most reliable diamond laboratories in the world.
Update:GIA opened a smaller laboratory in Antwerp since 2019
Good to know that certify diamonds can sometimes take weeks. Would you as an individual be certified diamonds then please contact HRD or IGI or GIA.
Other special activities - points of interest
There you will find a synagogue in the center of the Hovenierstraat
Diamond afkokerijen (deep boil)
Here are cleaned using special chemicals diamonds disappear so that all contamination and the diamonds reach their full "fire".
Several banks that are only accessible to registered diamond dealers