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An Amsterdam Museum Tells the Story of Diamonds

Visitors Who Missed the Blockbuster Vermeer Exhibition Rijksmuseum Here at the beginning of this year, until October 10, many of the pearls of his half-dozen paintings are still on display in the museum’s Gallery of Honor. But for anyone interested in learning about diamonds, a better bet is to have just one. Three minutes walk: Diamond Museum Amsterdam,

Opened in 2007 and operated by a foundation founded by the gem polishing company Royal Caster Diamonds, the museum has two floors displaying genuine and reproduction stones.

An introductory video explains how diamonds are formed and mined and how Amsterdam became a global center for diamond polishing in the 17th century – though it has been left behind, the museum said, particularly Antwerp , by Belgium, where approximately 80 percent of all rough diamonds and 50 percent of cut diamonds are traded today.

Exhibits include a timeline of diamond-related milestones; the history of shipping routes from India, which was an early supplier of gems to Europe; details about the process of cutting and polishing the raw stone; And head-turning tidbits, such as the fact that most mined diamonds end up in tools like saw blades and surgical knives, rather than rings and tiaras.

A section on colored diamonds explains how rare pure white diamonds are and how the color in diamonds comes from impurities: for example, blue diamonds contain boron; A yellow, nitrogen.

While some of the diamonds on display are genuine, most “gems” and “royal crowns” are clearly marked as replicas, including the 105.6-carat Koh-i-Noor diamond from India, when it was under the British. Rule. (In 1852, the caster was called upon by Queen Victoria to re-polish the gem, a process said to have taken 38 days. It is now part of the crown of the Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth.)

real stone part british crown jewels In the Tower of London, though India wants it back: Queen Camilla opted to use a different crown during King Charles III’s coronation in May because of the repatriation dispute.

At the Dutch Museum, a room has been created that will make you feel like you’re inside a diamond, with walls covered with images of Marilyn Monroe from the 1953 film “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and the song “Diamonds Are Forever.” The 1971 James Bond film is playing in the background.

Another room is devoted to the “Diamond Heist”, a game in which players can attempt to become a jewelry thief by attempting to avoid a series of over a dozen red lasers and “steal” a (fake) diamond. . the size of a pear. If the laser beam hits a player, the lights flash and an alarm sounds. Those who successfully reach the stone will get applause.

The museum is open daily; Tickets for adults are 12.50 euros ($13.70) and include admission to another building a few doors away where Royal Caster workers can be seen polishing and setting diamonds for private commissions or for the museum gift shop.

During a recent visit, Pauline Willemse, dressed in a royal blue work smock, noticed that a female visitor wearing a diamond ring displaying five different cuts came from behind her work area to chat .

Ms Willemse, a diamond polisher, said she had worked for Royal Coster for 35 years. In 1994, he was listed by Guinness World Records for hand-cutting the world’s smallest brilliant diamond: creating 57 facets on a 0.0000743-carat gem. Guinness entry It has been described as smaller than the average grain of sand.

She can easily spot a fake, she said: “When they’re not real, my eyes hurt.”


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