The Diamant Museum Amsterdam
On the Paulus Potterstraat street, on the Northern border of the Museum square (Museumplen) is the so-called "Diamond quarter" (map).
Four 17th-century mansion owned by diamond factory Coster Diamonds, founded in 1840. The most famous works of the factory are the legendary "Kohinur" from the crown of the Queen of Great Britain, "Dresden green diamond" and others.
In 2007, the only diamond Museum in Europe was opened in house number 8. The idea belongs to the world-famous diamond cutter Ben Mayer. The Museum immediately became popular, in the first year it was settled by 75 thousand people.
First of all, visitors are invited to watch a short film, which will tell the story of mining and processing of diamonds. The film is in Dutch or English, but you can use translation in one of 25 languages. Then you can look at the cutting machines, and tools with which the finest processing of the hardest material in nature.
Diamonds, because of their rarity in all ages were a very valuable mineral and used for decoration. But the real diamand was first produced in 1465 by Ludwig van Berkem, a Dutch jeweler from Bruges in the service of the Duke of Burgundy. Van Berkem first performed cutting with precise geometric shapes, for which he used a special machine and abrasive materials. The Dutch put the diamond business on an industrial basis, becoming a world center for diamond processing.
The Museum exposition presents copies of historical diamonds, as well as some real jewelry.
Modern production of factory is intended for sale.
There is a large selection of jewelry decorated with diamonds.
Including an interesting collection of watches.
In addition to diamonds, you can buy products from other minerals and faceted colored glass.
Here you can see the sparkling birds.
The Marine habitates,
Funny animal figures.
In the courtyard of the Museum is a small cozy garden, where there is a cafe.
Finally, you can take a picture next to the huge klompen, a wooden shoe.
The Museum is open daily from 9 to 17, ticket price 10 euros, for pensioners, students and children 7.5 euros.