Di­a­monds with an Ex­tra Sparkle

The Luxury Collection - - Contents - -By Aruna Rathod

Royal Coster Di­a­monds was founded in 1840 and is the old­est op­er­a­tional di­a­mond pol­ish­ing fac­tory in Europe. Manus Coster started it as a sin­gle di­a­mond pol­isher, and quickly trans­formed Coster Di­a­monds to a his­tory-chang­ing en­ter­prise who, among other things, in­tro­duced the first horse-pow­ered and later the first steam pow­ered di­a­mond fac­tory.

For the last 175 years their crafts­man­ship has at­tracted royals around the world to visit them. From Em­press Sisi to Napoleon, they all wanted to see the crafts­man­ship of the men and women of Coster Di­a­monds. And to­day, at the Mu­seum Square be­tween the Van Gogh and the Ri­jksmu­seum, Coster of­fers free guided tours to more than 350.000 tourists ev­ery year.

They - like the royal guests be­fore them - learn about di­a­mond val­u­a­tion and see the amaz­ing di­a­mond ar­ti­facts from their rich his­tory, such as the Koh-i-noor, re­pol­ished for the Queen of Eng­land, the di­a­mond watch cre­ated for the Queen of the Nether­lands and the Dres­den Di­a­mond. With an ac­com­mo­dat­ing staff of 110 staff mem­bers, with 22 na­tion­al­i­ties and 26 lan­guages spo­ken, Coster Di­a­monds is a must-see tourist at­trac­tion in Am­s­ter­dam.

In July 2016, His Majesty King Wille­malexan­der awarded Coster the Royal ti­tle for its legacy, high qual­ity crafts­man­ship and re­li­a­bil­ity. At Coster, you can choose from the largest col­lec­tion of un­set di­a­monds in Europe for very com­pet­i­tive prices and with Tax-free sales for visi­tors out­side the EU. A fa­cil­ity of­fered is the di­rect-re­fund in their store in as­so­ci­a­tion with part­ner Global Blue.

There are 20 show­rooms for groups, 2 VIP rooms and Coster Watches, a spe­cial­ized high-end watch bou­tique with many fa­mous brands such as Union Glashütte, Piaget, Tudor, Chopard, Tag Heuer, Carl F. Bucherer, Longines, Rado, Mont Blanc, Ti­toni, Fred­erique Con­stant, Hamil­ton and many more.

A reg­u­lar bril­liant has 57 facets. The Royal 201, a patented di­a­mond cut, hand­pol­ished from the finest qual­ity rough di­a­monds by the mas­ter pol­ish­ers at Royal Coster, has not 57, not 100, not 150, but an amaz­ing amount of 201 facets pol­ished into its sur­face. This cre­ates the ul­ti­mate sparkle. The 201 Room has a broad col­lec­tion of this unique and stun­ning di­a­mond set into the most beau­ti­ful jew­elry. A truly Royal di­a­mond.

The sep­a­rate di­a­mond mu­seum tells the di­a­mond story from a rough di­a­mond to a fin­ished gem. It shows how Am­s­ter­dam came to known as the city of Di­a­monds with its rich 400 year his­tory in di­a­mond pol­ish­ing and trade. There is also a mu­seum shop with re­lated prod­ucts and jew­elry.

The story

It’s a story that be­gan in 1840, when di­a­mond cut­ter Moses Elias Coster founded Coster Di­a­monds in a fac­tory near the Water­loo Square, lo­cated in the heart of Am­s­ter­dam. It was a long jour­ney with an event­fully his­tory that even­tu­ally re­sulted into close re­la­tions with royals around the globe.

Prince Al­bert of Eng­land was the first to em­brace the crafts­man­ship of the Am­s­ter­dam di­a­mond cut­ters when he got the Koh-i-noor di­a­mond re­pol­ished by Coster. The Dutch Royal House is Coster’s most pre­mium client and one of the finest ex­am­ples of Coster’s ex­per­tise is the di­a­mond stud­ded watch for Queen Ju­liana in 1959.

Be­sides a free tour of the four vil­las lo­cated in the heart of Am­s­ter­dam, Coster Di­a­monds also con­ducts an En­gage­ment Work­shop for cou­ples!!

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