see how diamond cutters are at work and 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 daily from 9am to 5pm. You will see how diamonds 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.
See the art of diamond cutting in one of Amsterdam's diamond factories
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.
Coster Diamonds - craftman at work
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.
Amsterdam diamond factoriesThe 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)
Coster Diamonds is the oldest, still operating diamond factory in Europe. Over 350,000 visitors see 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 9:00 to 17:00
〉 Royal Asscher
Tolstraat 127 (Zuid, De Pijp)
Only 10 Asscher family members and 15 of the 500 polishers survived the Holocaust. During the war the patent on the famous, original Asscher cut expired and other companies started to utilize the Asscher cut. Today original Asscher cut diamonds are for sale via retailers .
〉 City Diamonds
Kalverstraat 51 (Dam Square)
City Diamonds has its own diamond factory and has been cutting and polishing diamonds for generations. They design, manufacture and sell diamond jewelry as well as many international well-known watch brands in their Kalverstraat store.
〉 Zazare Diamonds
Weteringschans 89 (Spiegelkwartier)
In a 30-minute tour visitors learn about the different shapes, sizes and colors and they can admire the Star of Amsterdam, Zazare's masterpiece with 257 facets.
Amsterdam's former diamond bourse building on the Weesperplein
when in Amsterdam visit one of the authentic diamond factories
The history of the diamondsee actual diamond cutters and goldsmiths at work in the Diamant Museum Amsterdam
New Diamond BourseHogehilweg 14 (Zuidoost)
The Amsterdam Diamond Exchange
the oldest diamond bourse in the world