The Square Mile: Antwerp’s Fabled Diamond District

9 March 2016 / Blog

Heart In Diamond

Nestled on the banks of the river Scheldt in Belgium’s northern Flanders region rests Antwerp–a city famous for its historic architecture, its bustling port, and its enormous role in the world’s diamond industry.  As gem enthusiasts know, diamonds’ value derives not only from the scarcity of gem quality diamonds, but also from the tremendous skill and talent (not to mention equipment) needed to cut and polish a diamond, thus turning it from a raw material into one of the world’s most dazzling gems. This art developed primarily in Antwerp’s historic “square mile,” a neighborhood featuring dozens of diamond cutters that see roughly 84% of the world’s gem diamonds pass through on their way to becoming fine jewelry.

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