Diamond factoriesSee how diamond cutters are at work 7 days a week. Discover the diamond in all its facets.
Amsterdam has a long heritage in the diamonds, and has been a major diamond centre since Sephardic Jews introduced the diamond cutting industry in the later 16th century.
Guided toursNowadays there are about a dozen diamond factories in the city, five of which offer guided tours. The tours are free and are usually conducted from 9am to 5pm every day. You will see how they are worked, and when you buy from a factory you get an extensive description of the purchase so you know exactly what you are buying.
Jewish diamond industry in AmsterdamThe different diamond factories in Amsterdam are a reminder of Amsterdam's flourishing Jewish diamond industry before World War II. The diamond trade was dominated by Sephardic Jews from Spain and Portugal with international commercial contacts in the areas where diamonds were to be found. Besides the trade, the cutting of the diamonds also became a predominantly Jewish business.
Jews were not allowed to join guilds, so they were unable to engage in traditional trades. As there was no guild for diamond cutters, Jews were free to specialise in this trade from the 17th century onwards.
In the early 20th century around 30% of the male and 10% of the female Jewish population of Amsterdam worked in the Diamond industry.
The following renowned diamond factories offer diamond-cutting and polishing tours, and sales of the finished diamonds:
Coster Diamonds Paulus Potterstraat 2-4 (Oud-Zuid, close to Museumplein)
Over 300,000 visitors come to see Coster Diamonds craftsmen at work every year. Free-guided tours are available in more than 25 languages, the process of cutting and polishing a diamond is explained in detail. After the tour, visitors have the opportunity to browse around in the spacious showrooms.
Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm
Stoeltie Diamonds Wagenstraat 13-17 (Centrum, close to Rembrandtplein)
Stoeltie Diamonds is situated close to the famous Rembrandt Square. Individuals or groups are offered a free guided tour in their own language. During the tour the complete manufacturing process is explained. After the tour one can view our collection of jewellery and of course purchasing is always possible.
open daily from 9am to 5pm
Amstel Diamonds Amsterdam Amstel 206-208 (Rembrandtplein)