Antwerp’s Most Brilliant is made up of a selection of the most qualitative and reliable jewellers in Antwerp. They live up to Antwerp’s reputation as a diamond world capital.
A jeweller has to meet 30 strict quality requirements to obtain the Antwerp’s Most Brilliant label. The certified jewellers meet the highest standards in terms of sustainability, safety, ethics, transparency, service and company stability. Naturally they also comply with Belgian economic, social and tax legislation. In short: these jewellers really deserve this certification.
An Antwerp jeweller can only obtain certification after an independent audit by Kiwa, an accredited audit and inspection organisation, which visits every jeweller annually to check for compliance with 30 strict criteria. Kiwa draws up a binding report after its audit. The City of Antwerp and the Antwerp World Diamond Centre will only grant the certificate if the jeweller obtains an excellent score for each of the criteria. Moreover the label is controlled by the professional jewellers’ federation Ars Nobilis and the Federal Public Service Economy.
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At the Diamond Pavilion you can discover why Antwerp is known as the world center for diamonds, and learn about the past and present players in the diamond trade and diamond industry. The pavilion presents the rich history, economic importance and other facets of this typical Antwerp activity. Temporary exhibits are organized regularly. Both ancient and modern jewelry are covered. You can visit the Diamond Pavilion at the MAS for free from Tuesday to Sunday.
The most beautiful pieces from the collection of the Silver Museum are exhibited here with the help of Umicore. Umicore is also known to the inhabitants of Antwerp by the name “De Zilver”. In the past, silver was a byproduct from the extraction of other minerals. Today, it mostly comes from recycling. Umicore has become the number one in the world for the refining and recycling of precious metals. Mobile telephones, laptops and autocatalysts from all over the world are all given a second life. You can visit the Silver Pavilion at the MAS for free from Tuesday to Sunday.
A visit behind the scenes gives you an intimate glimpse into a diamond cutting shop and a diamond exchange - places an outsider never normally gets to see. Visits are possible for groups of up to 20 people.
Your guide will help you experience the heyday, downfall and resurrection of Antwerp’s diamond industry in the 19th century. Via the Central Station you’ll walk to the Diamond Square Mile – the home of diamond workers, jewellers and diamond merchants. In the diamond district bust merchants hurry through the streets – always on the way to their next transaction.
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.