Antwerp nowadays is the world's most important diamond trading center. The diamond district of the city starts right next to the Central Station and many members of Antwerp's large Jewish community live in this area. This is where about 60% of the world's production of rough and cut stones and industrial diamonds are traded, observing ancient traditions based on unconditional trust between dealers.
The Diamond Museum, located at Kon. Astridplein 19-23, shows how diamonds are produced from mining to cutting and also displays some beautiful diamonds. It was closed for modernization during my stay, but was to be reopened in May 2002, becoming a multimedia museum, showing all the facets of the use of diamonds, and with live demonstrations by professional diamond cutters.