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Amsterdam Sights

Gassan Diamonds

  • Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 173 Map It
  • Centrum
  • Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

Updated 08/24/2012

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By the beginning of the 18th century, Amsterdam had a virtual monopoly in the diamond industry in Europe, so when diamonds were discovered in South Africa in 1869, there was a windfall for Amsterdam's Jewish communities, a third of whom worked in the diamond trade. Built in 1879, Gassan Diamonds was once home to the Boas diamond-polishing factory, the largest in the world, where 357 diamond-polishing machines processed 8,000–10,000 carats of rough diamonds a week. Today,

Gassan offers polishing and grading demonstrations and free one-hour tours, in more than 27 languages, of the building and its glittering collection of diamonds and jewelry.

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Sight Information

Address:

Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 173, Amsterdam, 1011 LN, Netherlands

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Phone:

020-622–5333

Website: www.gassan.com

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily 9–5

Updated 08/24/2012

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