Antwerp Diamond Museum is CLOSED

The dazzling Antwerp Diamond Museum, which was the largest diamond museum in the world, is now permanently closed. But the Diamond Museum Province of Antwerp continues to organize BrilliAntwerp initiatives.

The highlights of the collection will be temporarily housed in the Diamond pavilion of the MAS. The pavilion narrates the rich history, the economic importance and lots of other facets of this typical Antwerp activity.

The diamond shop makes the experience complete. The Diamond Pavilion also presents the 'brilliant' finished product.

On display you may find:

  • Art deco items form Paris
  • necklaces in which diamonds are set with coral, jade or lapis lazuli
  • replica of the British Crown Jewels containing two of the world's largest diamonds: the Kohinoor and the Cullinan and contemporary diamond creations.

April 30 - June 30, 2013

The ostentation at the court of Napoleon is placed at the MAS in the spotlight through the Diamond Pavilion.

Mini-exhibition on Napoleon and empire jewels in the footsteps of 'Bonaparte at the MAS'

DFF takes shape with 13 enthusiastic Diamond Friends Forever!

About Diamonds

A diamond is one of the 4 forms of carbon that can be found in nature. It  received its name from Greek word ‘Adamas’ which means unbeatable. It’s the hardest natural mineral known on earth and has therefore a hardness of 10 on Moh’s scale of mineral hardness.

It is formed when extreme heat (temperatures of 2200 degrees Fahrenheit) and extreme pressure cause carbon atoms to crystallize forming the precious stone approximately ninety miles under the earth's surface. They reach the surface of the earth via volcanic pipes, or channels or via placer, alluvial deposits.

This precious stone is made out of Carbon. Carbon, which is burned wood, becomes graphite under a lot of pressure (already relatively hard). Graphite on its turn under a lot of pressure will eventually become – after a few million years – a precious stone.

The strength of the precious stone comes from the way its atoms have been built up. Each CO atom in an allotrope is links with 3 others and the connection lengths and corners are always equal. This is the tetrahedral structure which is also the most symmetric and strong.

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