Gassan Diamonds

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Gassan Diamonds information

Location
Amsterdam , The Netherlands
Address
Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 173-175
Getting there
Tram: 9/14 Waterlooplein
More information
www.gassan.com
Opening hours
9am-5pm
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This vast workshop demonstrates how an ungainly clump of rock is transformed into a girl's best friend. You'll get a quick primer in assessing the gems for quality, and see diamond cutters and polishers in action. The one-hour tour is the best of its kind in town, which is why so many tour buses stop here. Don't worry: the line moves quickly.

The factory sits on Uilenburg, one of the rectangular islands reclaimed in the 1580s during a sudden influx of Sephardic Jews from Spain and Portugal. In the 1880s Gassan became the first diamond factory to use steam power.