The Royal Families Diamond Jewelry – Diamant Museum Amsterdam
Diamant Museum Amsterdam History
This modern museum is located in an especially adapted for this purpose 19c. large villa, at the Paulus Potterstraat, just in the middle of a short walking distance between Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum.
Diamond Museum (Diamant Museum) has been created by Coster Diamonds, a large Amsterdam based diamond polishing and trading diamond firm which exists now for almost two centuries (since 1840) and which occupies also two other adjoining houses and organizes visiting tour of its factory.
*In addition to the permanent collection, the Amsterdam Diamond Museum also hosts interesting temporary exhibitions (depends on season).
The Diamond Exhibit
Diamond Museum exhibit enlightens the visitor how the diamonds were geologically created, shows the history of human passion to diamonds, and explains how diamond became not only a symbol of wealth but started to be associated with beauty and power.
While filled with well made replicas of famous jewels, Diamond Museum lets you perceive all its subjects through modern multimedia means: the history of human knowledge about diamonds, all the worlds most important stones, a complete collection of historical crowns decorated with diamonds, history of diamond industry in Amsterdam, a unique influence diamonds had on fashion, glamour, entertainment industry and subsequently on our lives.
Royal Tiara (Dutch)
During the celebration of marriage with the Dutch Crown Prince Willem Alexander in 2002, the Argentinian Maxima Zorreguieta wore this tiara. It is comprised of a 150 years old tiara and five diamond stars.
Tengkolok from the Sultanate of Kedah (Malaysia)
For the wedding of Prince Ibrahim and Princess Aisha, both members of the sultanic dynasty of the Malaysian federal state Kedah, a large amount of wedding jewellery was made.
The bridegroom wore this costly crown, locally known as the Tengkolok, during the ceremonies of 1904. The costs of wedding jewellery and the festivities almost bankrupted the sultanate, which fortunately was prevented by means of an enormous loan from neighbouring Thailand.
Crown of Queen Mary (England)
In 1911, for the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary, a new Queen’s Crown was made, in which were set the Koh-i-Noor and the Cullinan III and IV diamonds, both of which were the personal property of the queen.
During the coronation of her son George VI and daughter in law Elizabeth in 1937, she wore her coronation crown without archers. Since the Koh-i-Noor was set in the coronation crown of the daughter-in-law, on that historic day it was replaced in Mary’s crown by the Cullinan V diamond.
Regal Circlet of George IV (England)
For the coronation of King George IV in 1821, a crown without arches is made, which the monarch was supposed to wear during the procession to the coronation church. At the very last moment, however, the king decided not to wear this royal circlet or diadem, and the rented pearls and stone were returned to the jeweller.
In 1838 the frame was once more set with precious stone and pearls and was worn by Queen Victoria during her coronation. After her death, this piece of jewellery becomes state property. Queen Elizabeth II wears the regal circlet during the annual opening of the English Parliament, and since 1952 she has been depicted wearing it on the post stamp.
Crown of Louis XV (France)
The crown that Louis XV wore during his coronation in 1722 was famous because there was two significant diamond set in it; the regent was positioned in the central fleur-de-lis ornament directly above the headband, whereas the Sancy was placed in the topmost leaf of the fleur-de-lis which adorns the across arches.
Subsequently, these diamonds were also set in other pieces of jewellery, for a shorter or longer period. Nowadays, the original crown was displayed in the Louvre in Paris, however, with “Diamonds” of glass.
Laurel Wreath of Emperor Napolean I (France)
For this coronation as “Emperor of the French by the grace of God and the constitution of the Republic” on 2nd December 1804, Napolean I decided to take his example the Roman Empires. He crowned himself with a golden laurel wreath but crowned his wife Josephine with the traditional crown with arches, which was set with pearls and diamonds.
Tiara of Queen Josephina (Sweden)
Emperor of Napolean I of France is supposed to have given this tiara to his wife Josephine. Her granddaughter Josephina has inherited the tiara and after her marriage to her future Swedish King Oscar I in 1823, several princesses in Bernadotte dynasty wore it as a bridal crown.
Diamant Museum Souvenir Stores
After admiring those shiny jewelry crown with glittering eyes, finally, it’s shopping spree time! Towards the exit of Diamant Museum, there are a few souvenir stores which are deemed worthy to visit – great place to spend some penny especially for those who are looking at some occasional/extraordinary gifts! 😉
The admission fees for Diamant Museum
- € 6.00
Seniors (65+), students, children age 13 – 18
- € 4.00
Ages 12 and under
*Entrance to Diamant Museum is absolutely FREE for those who own the I amsterdam City Card (highly recommended to have)!
- from the Rijksmuseum, standing with your back to the Museum and facing the Museumplein walk the street on your left directly along the square – 3 minutes. The museum is the 3rd house on the right.
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- busses 145, 170 172 – exit on a stop Hobemmastraat, take right into the Paulus Potterstraat.
Address: Diamond Museum in Amsterdam,Paulus Potterstraat 8, Amsterdam.
Contact: +31 20 305 5300
Open Hour: 09.00 am – 05.00 pm (Mon-Sun)