At least once a year, we travel to Antwerp, Belgium, the Diamond Capitol of the World, where we purchase hand-crafted diamonds directly from the De Beers site-holders.
The 25-year relationship that we have developed with the De Beers site-holders and the diamond-cutters in Antwerp allows us to avoid paying commissions to U.S. importers and distributors. Because of our unique position, we can offer you the diamond of a lifetime at substantial savings. Financing and free layaway are also available. We have an on-site, professional goldsmith to set the diamond of your choice in one of our unique designer rings.
If you are ready for the diamond of a lifetime, visit us at one of our two locations.
History of Antwerp’s Diamond District
Antwerp has been a focus of the diamond trade for several centuries. It gained this attention when Lodewyk van Berken invented a new form of diamond polishing tool, the scaif, which transformed the industry. The scaif enabled the creation of the stereotypical sparkling, multifaceted diamond. Word got out about this transformation and shortly after it attracted other craftsmen to Antwerp.
Antwerp's diamond district is an area within the city of Antwerp, Belgium. It consists of several square blocks covering an area of about one square mile. About 84% of the world's rough diamonds passed through the district, making it the largest diamond center in the world with a turnover of 54 billion dollars. Over $16 billion in polished diamonds pass through the district's exchanges each year. There are 380 workshops that serve 1,500 companies throughout the world.
Eddy is our direct connection to Antwerp. For over twenty-five years the Howes family has traveled to Antwerp to meet with Eddy. The personal connection and relationship we have with Eddy results in finding that special diamond for you, perfect in every way.