Shopping for diamonds in Amsterdam
Amsterdam has been a major international center for cutting diamonds since the 15th century. This makes it one of the best places in the world to shop for diamonds and diamond jewelry. Talk about a nice souvenir to bring home!
Even when you’re getting a good deal on diamond jewelry, a diamond is still a big purchase. So if you’re planning to pick up a piece of diamond jewelry or two while shopping for diamonds in Amsterdam, it’s important to do your research before you arrive. Especially if you’re not fluent in diamond “lingo” and the different qualities, grades, etc. of a diamond.
In general, Dutch jewelers keep to the standards of the US Federal Trade Commission and the Gemological Institute of America. Most of them will issue certification for any diamonds sold in their shops, detailing the quality, cut, color, and carat weight of each diamond. But since Amsterdam is one of the most popular places in the world from which to buy diamond jewelry, it can be easy to get a less than stellar deal if you’re not careful. You’ll want to very closely inspect each diamond before you buy it, examining cut, color, quality, and size.
Since Amsterdam is a diamond-cutting center, the cut of the diamond should be perfect. Hold the diamond up to the light and look through the flat top of the diamond. If you see a dark circle in the center, the cut is correct. If you don’t, it’s not either don’t buy it, or ask for a price reduction.
If you really want to make your diamond shopping experience a special one, think about going on one of the available tours of Amsterdam’s diamond cutting facilities. And before you bring home a lot of diamonds, be sure to check the rules for import in your country of origin chances are, you’ll have to pay duties (sometimes hefty ones) on your purchase.