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At the basis of the Antwerp World Diamond Center lies
its efficient infrastructure. Concentrated on a top security area of merely two
square miles, it comprises more than 1,500 diamond companies and four diamond
bourses. Naturally, specialised banks, security and transport companies, brokers,
travel agencies, hotels and restaurants are also well represented in the vicinity.
The fact that Antwerp functions as major diamond trade and production centre
worldwide, is reflected in the cultural diversity of the Antwerp community. Diamonds
from Antwerp are exported in all directions, often to the far corners of the world.
The Antwerp Diamond High Council serves both local diamond companies and foreign
visitors. It is the umbrella organisation and official representative of the Belgian
As to Antwerps share
in the diamond trade, more than 50% of the world consumption of rough, polished
and industrial diamonds passes through Antwerp. Most of the most important sight
holders of the Diamond Trading Company (former De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd)
reside in Antwerp. Whats more, Antwerps brilliance is not restricted
to diamonds only. The city also enjoys international renown as trade centre for
precious stones such as rubies, sapphires, emeralds etc.
diamond trade and production go hand in hand in Antwerp. The quality label cut
in Antwerp testifies to the superb skill of Antwerps diamond workers.
Extensive training programmes in diamond schools and experimental workshops guarantee
the transfer of traditional expertise as well as the constant use of new technology.
With its prominent position in trade and production, Antwerp was bound to
develop a step stone for the production of diamond jewellery. Today, Belgian top
level designers are numerous. HRD offers incentives for this trade, by organising
the Antwerp Diamond High Council Awards and patronising a number of jewellery
Why buy diamonds
- 8 out of 10 of all rough diamonds are handled in Antwerp
- 1 out of 2 of all polished diamonds passes through Antwerp
has the best diamond polishers in the world
- the most important international
quality label is "Cut in Antwerp"
- the number one since the 16th
These figures will testify to the position of
Antwerp as the World Diamond Center, world considering the importance
of Antwerp worldwide and its trading partners all over the globe, and Diamond
Center referring to the employment rates and the highly concentrated diamond
business on the Antwerp diamond square mile.
trade: non-European trading partners
In 2002 the Belgian diamond trade
totalled 26.4 billion USD. This contributes for 7 % to the total Belgian foreign
trade. Diamonds are Belgians first export product to 6 out of 10 of their
most important non-European Union trading partners: USA, Israel, India, Switzerland,
Hong Kong and China.
The total amount of shipments in 2002 aggregated more
Importance on world level
Contribution to total Belgian export 7%
Share in World rough supply 80%
Share in world polished supply 50%
in world supply of natural industrial diamonds 40%
Overall share in global
diamond trade 60%
diamond square mile
4 diamond bourses
4 diamond banks
Total employment in trade
and industry: 27,000
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