The diamond district, also known as the diamond neighbourhood or the diamond quarter, places Antwerp on the world map as the centre for the diamond trade. Diamond experts cut, polish and sell diamonds and jewellers process them into jewellery such as rings, bracelets, necklaces and much more. At least 80% of all diamonds in the world pass through Antwerp. Now that's more than enough reason to visit the diamond district and breathe in the atmosphere.

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Antwerp, the diamond city

Antwerp hands and a diamond ring – BAUNAT
Antwerp has been the largest diamond centre in the world for over 500 years. With pure craftsmanship, technology, unique traditions and tons of creativity, it is definitely worth going to Antwerp to buy your diamond jewellery, like your engagement ring.

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When did the diamond district in Antwerp emerge?

From the 16th century, Antwerp has profiled itself as a trading city thanks to its bustling port. Where diamonds were previously shipped from India via Venice to Bruges, Antwerp took over the torch.

The Antwerp diamond neighbourhood changed places several times over the centuries, including from the surroundings around the Groenplaats towards Paardenmarkt and the Meir. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the diamond district has been located near Antwerp Central Station. Over the past 50 years, the economic importance of the diamond trade for the city has continued to increase and fairs and auction houses have been established.

Where can I find the diamond neighbourhood in Antwerp?

Antwerp Central Station, the district where the diamond neighbourhood is located – BAUNAT
The diamond neighbourhood of Antwerp is the ultimate location for those looking for diamonds worldwide, and yet this epicentre is barely 1 km2 in size. Despite the fact that 80% of the diamonds mined worldwide come to Antwerp, the diamond quarter comprises only five streets, three of which are traffic-free.

The Rijfstraat, Hoveniersstraat and Schupstraat form the hard core. The diamond experts in Vestingstraat and Lange Herentalsstraat focus mainly on tourism. The diamond district is easy to reach if you come from abroad, as it is just next to Antwerp Central Station.

So you can't come to Antwerp? Then you can also make an appointment in one of our other showrooms worldwide. Other popular locations include Hong Kong and Nice

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What can be experienced in the diamond district of Antwerp?

The diamond quarter is not only worth a visit to buy precious stones, the architecture and other nearby attractions are quite interesting too:

  • Here we think among other things of the Diamond Trade Exchange in Hoveniersstraat

  • Next to the exchange you will find the Diamond Office, where all imports and exports of diamonds are registered in Antwerp.  It is part of the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC), the umbrella organisation of the diamond sector, founded in 1973.

  • In the middle of the diamond district is the Portuguese Synagogue, a sober building with the traits of a neo-Romanesque church.

  • A little further away, you can also visit the Diamond Museum DIVA and the diamond pavilion at the MAS.

Where should I buy my diamonds?

If you buy diamonds from BAUNAT you are assured of the best price-quality ratio. The BAUNAT craftsmen only work with the very best materials. We also buy our diamonds directly from the source, saving us a lot of overhead costs. This allows us to offer our diamond jewellery online for 30% to 50% less than at a physical jeweler.

We also make sure you can enjoy your diamond jewellery with the least delay. The average delivery period for jewellery from the standard collection is 1 to 10 working days. For tailor-made jewellery, you should take a delivery period of 4 working weeks into account.

With BAUNAT jewellery, you will always get a certificate of authenticity from a reputable gemmological laboratory such as GIA, HRD or IGI. Thus, you can always be sure that your diamonds are of natural origin, high quality and that they were mined ethically.

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Antwerp is not the only city to visit to buy your diamonds. BAUNAT has several showrooms worldwide, so you can just go to the showroom near you.
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