• In a press conference earlier today, the Antwerp World Diamond Centre, together with the City of Antwerp, announced they would (re)organise a diamond polishing course.

  • The number of diamond cutters working in Antwerp, widely acknowledged as the capital of the world diamond trade, has declined from a peak of around 30,000 in the 1970s to approximately 500 specialists today, writes Swiss newspaper Le Temps. The Syndicate of the Belgian Diamond Industry notes that this number does not include independent contractors and an additional 500 diamond workers in Antwerp's manufacturing industry, which would bring the figure higher.

  • In an interview with Rough&Polished, Jean Claude Muller, CEO of diamond company S. Muller & Sons, established 60 years ago and still polishing their diamonds in Antwerp, says craftsmanship, transparency and unwavering quality remain the companies - and the city's - key strengths.