Established in 2007, the Diamond Museum Amsterdam will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about diamonds. It is the only museum in Europe that completely revolves around diamonds. The permanent exhibition Brilliant Beauties, consist of 9 themes. The themes will show you all the different facets of diamonds. You can see the jewels of the Dutch royal family, you can see the smallest cut diamond in the world and learn the difference between a real and a fake diamond. The Diamond Museum Amsterdam also houses temporary exhibitions about different subjects concerning diamonds.
History of Diamonds in Amsterdam
The journey of the diamond started 3 billion years ago, 200 kilometers beneath the surface. The museum explains every step a diamond has to take before it ends up on the ring on your finger. Diamonds in Amsterdam have a history that goes way back. Ever since the Dutch Golden Age, during the 16th century, Amsterdam has a blooming diamond industry. Famous diamonds like the Cullinan (the largest uncut diamond ever found) and the Koh-I-Noor (Mountain of Light) have been polished in Amsterdam. At the end of the 19th century, there were more than 700 polishing wheels in use in Amsterdam. This is why Amsterdam proudly called itself ‘the city of diamonds’ during its heyday. This history of diamonds in Amsterdam makes this city the most logical and fascinating place for a diamond museum.
Furthermore Diamant Museum is near the following sights: Moco Museum (±70 m), House of Bols (±70 m), Van Gogh Museum (±125 m), Stedelijk Museum (±150 m) & Rijksmuseum (±225 m).