Antwerp is the place to buy a diamond. Did you know that 84% of all rough diamonds and 50% of all polished diamonds are traded in Antwerp?
A polished diamond’s quality and value are determined based on the 4Cs.
Carat refers to the weight: 1 carat = 0.2 grams.
Colour refers to the colour. In principle colourless diamonds are the most valuable diamonds. Only naturally so-called “fancy diamonds” with vivid colours are considered even more valuable.
Clarity refers to the diamond’s purity. The clarity is determined based on the number, size and position of internal impurities or inclusions and external elements such as scratches. A pure diamond is a stone that contains no impurities under a magnifying glass that magnifies ten times.
Cut refers to the way in which the diamond is cut. The ideal proportions and the diamond’s finish are vital aspects for determining the cut.
When purchasing diamonds always request a certificate. We recommend requesting a certificate from the HRD Antwerp, the GIA or IGI for all purchases of diamonds of 1 carat or more. Attention: the certificate also states whether the diamond is a natural diamond, a synthetic diamond (lab grown diamond or a treated diamond. Check this before buying your diamond.
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Antwerp’s latest architectural jewel is the Port House. This funky and innovative building, with roots in the past, is the new headquarters of the Antwerp Port Authority that accommodates over 500 employees. You can also plan a guided tour of the building and enjoy the panoramic view over the port and the city.
Antwerp is truly heaven for coffee lovers, with coffee bars on practically every street corner. But how are they different from each other? Where to find the ultimate cuppa that suits your taste and what is the story behind it? Coffee roaster Koen Bleuzé shares his top 10 favourite coffee bars and explains his choices.
Get all you can out of Antwerp! Are you interested in exploring all of Antwerp? Then use the Antwerp City Card as your guide. The card will open the nicest, tastiest and most surprising doors of the city for you, for free or at a discount. What’s more, you can choose how long you want to use it.
Antwerp is a pocket-sized city. Many of the attractions are within walking or biking distance of each other. Another way of getting around the city is on the trams and buses of De Lijn. Tip: buy your tram or bus ticket in a point of pre-sale (newsagent’s, supermarket, the vending machines at the various stops or in the visitor centres of Visit Antwerp), where tickets are cheaper.
The MAS is the most prominent place where the city and the port come together, both literally and figuratively. The 60 metre tall tower – a feat of daring architecture – has already become a new landmark in Antwerp. The MAS is focusing on the city’s diversity and reflecting on the many contacts between cultures, both past and present. The museum collection tells the story of the city, the port and the world. On the roof of the MAS, you can also enjoy panoramic views over Antwerp.
Antwerp is a vibrant city. And all those residents and visitors who bring so much life to the city also require a lot of parking for their cars. In order to give everyone an equal chance at a parking spot, there is paid parking in many places throughout Antwerp.