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Diamond Prices in AMsterdam




Does/has anyone checked out the prices of diamond jewlery in the NL? especially, like solitary stones about 1/2 carrot? I wanna get my gal pal a nice rock while we are over there next year , if the prices are considerably cheaper than US prices which are controlled (from what I understand ) by one single gem importer in New York City.(Jocolby and Demeyers or something like that)
Elvis, first and foremost you must really do your homework before even thinking of buying a diamond anywhere. That being said here's what I can tell you:
Brussels, Belgium is actually the true 'Diamond Center' of Europe. Amsterdam has about 4 or 5 'diamond dealers' that cater to the tourist trade. These places will give you a tour of their diamond cutting operations and then offer you various diamonds for sale.

The wife and I did this a couple trips ago, visiting one of the companies located across from the Museumplein.
After the 'tour' they took our group into a 'showing room' and locked the door behind us. We were then shown a selection of diamonds of various cuts, quality, and size, and of course they were all for sale. The original prices given allowed for some negotiation also (which means that if you didn't know any better you could have just bought at the 1st price given, or 'negotiated' a price that was still too high).

There is also a diamond dealer at Schiphol Airport.
I would take the time to research and understand what diamonds are all about if you haven't already. I was lucky in that I was introduced a number of years ago to a person who became a good friend, and he educated me on diamonds. Remember in this case, you will be in a foreign land, won't personally know the seller, and will be traveling back home with your purchase. That being said, I second D'Mac's information regarding Brussels. If you are set on buying a diamond, it may be well worth your time to take the train from Centraal to Brussels (they run often, and its lless than 3 hours away), see a little bit of the city, buy your diamond, and return back to Amsterdam. Have a great trip!
I was under the impression that Antwerp was the new diamond capital, not Brussels. Brussels is certainly a lot nicer than Antwerp to visit however.
I have to say I discovered on my last trip, if you're looking for the best price, you really can't beat the Diamond District here in NYC, that is if you know a fair and reputable jeweler. (If you need some names I can get them for you.)
Yes, LTD - you are absolutely correct concerning Antwerp. I posted a little too quickly and even had my doubts at the time about which city in Belgium it was (although I knew it was in Belgium).

I had also thought of mentioning the NYC diamond district, but didn't think it relevant to Elvis's upcoming trip. I've bought both diamonds and gold in the district and have been satisfied with my purchases. It's quite a different atmosphere than in Amsterdam too. I liken it to a bazaar with extended families (and competing 'families') running several different storefronts. This is always good for the consumer, but even here you really gotta know diamonds if you expect any exceptional deals.

BTW, I'd be interested in knowing your recommended dealers? We'll probably be heading off to the City weekend of the 13th (I'm hopin' to catch your show while in town, but we may have kids with us). PM me with any relevant info.
Elvis: the above posters are right on. There is hardly any diamond cutting today in Amsterdam. The Nazis murdered most of the cutters, who were Jewish, during WWII, and most anyone who survived emigrated to Israel after the war. (That's why Tel Aviv is a big diamond-cutting center today.) When you visit the Amsterdam diamond companies, the scene is exactly as DannyMac described. In my personal opinion, it is a waste even of sightseeing time. You absolutely will not get any bargains in Amsterdam. There is a bigger diamond-cutting scene in Antwerp, but this is not the place to BUY diamonds either.
If LTD is willing to share his NYC sources, by all means take his advice. I would be interested in his recommendations myself, and I live there. The NYC diamond dealers (on 47th Street) have the best contacts all over the world, including Europe, Israel, Russia and India (the new diamond-cutting capital). A good, honest dealer is worth his weight in...diamonds. Get LTD's recommendation, go there, end of story.
To paraphrase Mark Twain, "The key to success is to put all of your eggs (diamonds) in one basket (a good, honest NYC dealer), and...WATCH THAT BASKET!"
Yeah, there are no discount or wholesale diamonds in A'dam. I got my earring from Van Moppes, 1/4 carat, almost pure and it was around $800.00 back in '98. I probably got hosed, but it is my favorite souvenier from there.

moe.
Elvis: the above posters are right on. There is hardly any diamond cutting today in Amsterdam. The Nazis murdered most of the cutters, who were Jewish, during WWII, and most anyone who survived emigrated to Israel after the war. (That's why Tel Aviv is a big diamond-cutting center today.) When you visit the Amsterdam diamond companies, the scene is exactly as DannyMac described. In my personal opinion, it is a waste even of sightseeing time. You absolutely will not get any bargains in Amsterdam. There is a bigger diamond-cutting scene in Antwerp, but this is not the place to BUY diamonds either.
If LTD is willing to share his NYC sources, by all means take his advice. I would be interested in his recommendations myself, and I live there. The NYC diamond dealers (on 47th Street) have the best contacts all over the world, including Europe, Israel, Russia and India (the new diamond-cutting capital). A good, honest dealer is worth his weight in...diamonds. Get LTD's recommendation, go there, end of story.
To paraphrase Mark Twain, "The key to success is to put all of your eggs (diamonds) in one basket (a good, honest NYC dealer), and...WATCH THAT BASKET!"

Since everyone seems interested I will post the info about reputable shops as soon as I get it. I have a friend who sells diamonds (and diamond jewelry) to these shops, it's his family business which he and his brother took over from his Dad this year, so he knows the diamond district and I'm sure he can tell me who's honest and who's not. However I have never been to any of these shops, because I usually buy things straight from my friend and his father to avoid the store mark-up and because I know so little about diamonds that I have to totally trust someone to steer me in the right direction. It's funny, he explains to me why one diamond is better than a nother and I just stare at him glassy-eyed.
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