Antwerp, the Diamond Capital of the World...
|Antwerp has a long tradition as a diamond
city. Indeed, it has played an important role in the diamond trade and industry ever since
the fifteenth century.
Antwerp's diamond district, the diamond center of the world, is located right in the heart of the city.
It is the most important diamond trade center in the world, with an annual turnover of over 23 billion US dollars. More that 85% of the world's rough diamonds, 50% of the cut diamonds and 40% of the industrial diamonds are traded here. The diamond sector accounts for 7% of Belgium's total exports. It is therefore an important ambassador for the country and one of its economic mainstays.
The unique infrastructure of the diamond district, contained within an area no larger than one square kilometer, comprises 1.500 diamond companies and four diamond exchanges. The choice is huge and the competition fierce with razor-sharp prices, not to mention a highly efficient service.
Thousands of Antwerp diamond cutters work every day to uphold the international quality
label: 'Cut in Antwerp'.
The international character of Antwerp's diamond district is a paragon of universal hospitality and cultural symbiosis. If Antwerp is one of the world's greatest artistic, historical and touristic centers, the diamond world can take some of the credit for it.
So... Antwerp is truly the Diamond Capital of the World.