The Diamond District
Antwerp is the diamond capital of the world. Within the diamond district in Antwerp there are several diamond
bourses, some specialized in rough diamonds and others in cut diamonds. Antwerp has been connected with diamonds for centuries and
the oldest still working diamond bourse in Antwerp dates back to 1890. The diamond trade in Antwerp is strongly related to the
Hassidic Jewish community of Antwerp. On the streets of the diamond district you will see a lot of these strictly religious people
wearing black cloths and hats.
The diamond district is basically three quite small, but very hevily guarded street. There are about 1,500 people
working in the district, and they handle about 85 % of world's rough diamonds, and about half of the polished diamonds. Near the diamond
district you can also find the world's largest diamond museum.
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