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Diamant Museum: Uncover the Fascinating History of Diamonds

Diamant Museum Amsterdam - from above

The Diamant Museum is a diamond museum located in the Museumplein in Amsterdam. As you may have guessed, the museum houses a collection of fine diamond jewelry and also aims to educate visitors on the history of diamonds. Just a short walk Van Gogh Museum, the Diamant Museum is a must-see for diamond lovers.

Diamond Museum History

diamant museum 2The Diamond Museum was established by Coster Diamonds, a diamond trading and polishing firm. The company has been in business for more than a century having opened its doors in 1840. The production and trade of diamonds in Amsterdam dates all the way back to the 17th century. At the time, many Jews were fleeing from countries in southern Europe and settling down in Amsterdam. Here, they were given the chance to prosper as Protestantism continued to grow in the country. Diamond polishing was one of the few professions that were open to them.

During the 19th century, the Dutch colonized South Africa and the discovery of diamonds in this region strengthened Amsterdam’s importance in the diamond industry. Today, the city is still one of the most important as far as diamond trading is concerned.

The Permanent Diamond Collection

diamant museumThe Diamant Museum explores the history of diamonds, which dates as far back as 3 billion years ago. Along the way, you will learn how diamonds are processed and Amsterdam’s role in the diamond trade. The museum’s permanent collection features replicas of the famous diamonds and jewels from the House of Oranje as well as replicas of other famous diamond pieces. Interestingly enough, there is also a film exhibit on diamond robberies which takes a look at real-life and on-film robberies that are truly unforgettable.

In addition to their permanent collection, the museum also houses temporary exhibits. Among these include the Famous Crowns exhibit as well as the Katana Sword. This stunning sword was crafted with Murano glass with diamond and ruby features which are set in 18k white gold. This remarkable piece features 1,967 diamond pieces for a total weight of 54.58 carats. There are also 494 Rubies with a total weight of 10.69 carats.

Visitor Information

The Diamant Museum is open daily from 9AM until 5PM.

Admission Fees:

  • Children 12 and under: Free
  • Children 13-18:  € 5,00
  • Adults aged 65+/students/cjp: € 5,00
  • Adults: € 7,50

Group visits must be reserved ahead of time. Visit the Diamant Museum website for more information on how to make a reservation.

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