Everything that glitters might not be gold, but when it comes to diamonds then there might be just few immortals who are not awed by just a look. For everybody else, diamonds are for ever! Antwerp in Belgium might be a fashion hub, but it has also to do much with the diamonds. Antwerp’s diamond industry unites India and Belgium as many of the workers here are from Gujarat. Diamond industry of Surat and Antwerp have very close bonding.
Antwerp’s diamond museum is worth a visit, few of its kind in world. It also shows how much people love diamonds, ofcourse those who can afford them. Not likes of me! The world of glitterati just happens to be gaga over shiny stones. See what they say about diamonds (all taken from walls of Antwerp Diamond Museum)-
Antwerp diamond museum has some collection of real historical gems. Have a look at some of them-
Here are a few more-
A bracelet/necklace in form of a flexible snake. Made in France in 1860. Made with yellow gold, transparent green, rust coloured and blue enamel, ruby, diamond (old brilliant cut, rose) and closed gold settings
A collar made in 1999 with silver thread and diamonds (brilliant). It was winner of HRD awards in 1999.
This one is for those who can afford a diamond for their pets as well-
A dog collar made with white gold, polymer and diamond (brilliant) in closed settings. This was winner of many awards including HRD awards 2003, International Jewelry design innovation competition, JDE award: innovation & uniqueness in design (Hong Kong 2006).
A hair ornament made in 1994. Made in silver, yellow gold on a coconut leaf with diamond (fire rose brilliant) in closed gold and silver settings
Diamonds in footwear! Made in Gold, silver, diamond (brilliant) and leather, these shoes won HRD award in 2003
Made in gold, rubies and emerald with diamonds (baguettes and brilliants), the coat of arms of the city of Antwerp was presented during a diamond exposition at the city’s reception hall in 1936-37. Subsequently it was donated to the city government by Leopald and Romy Goldmuntz.