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antwerp : the journey of a tiffany diamond

Rough Yellow Diamonds

Rough Yellow Diamonds

Cathedral of Our Lady

Cathedral of Our Lady

Antwerp, Belgium + Tiffany Diamond - STYLE ME GRASIE

French Connection top + Raven & Lily purse

Dries Van Noten Shop

Dries Van Noten Shop

Antwerp City Hall

Antwerp City Hall

Antwerp, Belgium + Tiffany Diamond - STYLE ME GRASIE

Laurelton Diamonds, Antwerp

Antwerp, Belgium + Tiffany Diamond - STYLE ME GRASIE

Rough White Diamonds

Rough White Diamonds

Rough Diamonds in Antwerp

Polished Yellow Diamond

Polished Yellow Diamond

Antwerp, Belgium + Tiffany Diamond - STYLE ME GRASIEAntwerp, Belgium + Tiffany Diamond - STYLE ME GRASIE

Heidi Merrick dress + ASKA flats + Schott jacket

Heidi Merrick dress + ASKA flats + Schott jacket

Tiffany T Collection rings

Tiffany T Collection rings

Antwerp, Belgium + Tiffany Diamond - STYLE ME GRASIE

Port House

Port House

Het Pomphuis

Het Pomphuis Restaurant

Antwerp, Belgium + Tiffany Diamond - STYLE ME GRASIEAntwerp, Belgium + Tiffany Diamond - STYLE ME GRASIE

Antwerp Central Station

Antwerp Central Station

I will never look at a Tiffany diamond (or any diamond) the same way again. This past weekend I returned from a magical journey with Tiffany & Co. that took me to Antwerp, Belgium and Mauritius, Africa. It was a week long whirlwind of luxury and educational goodness.

I landed in Brussels and met the Tiffany team in Antwerp, where we toured the beautiful city and ended the evening with an exquisite dinner at Het Pomphuis. The next morning we were to further explore the City of Diamonds.

Antwerp is famously known for its Diamond District; where about 84% of the world’s rough diamonds pass through each year. It was here at the Tiffany’s Laurelton Diamonds facility where I learned all about the journey of a Tiffany diamond and it’s commitment to sustainability. Tiffany knows more than anyone about where its diamonds are sourced and have formed direct relationships with many of the mines that supply their diamonds and precious metals. Corporate responsibility is important to them, which is also important to me.

I was in awe of this facility and not to mention the room full of beautiful, rough diamonds. I held millions of dollars worth of these precious gems and while they reminded me of rock candy, they felt way more important and were clearly more impressive.

The Antwerp facility is Tiffany’s diamond headquarters and the center for rough diamond sourcing. It’s also where the large stones are cut, graded and prepped for polishing. One diamond goes from one skilled worker or crafts(wo)man to another until it’s ready to be shipped to Mauritius for polishing. I got to experience this process first hand and even helped facilitate it!

This first stop on our journey was such an eye-opening experience. Nature produces these beautiful rocks that travel the world moving from hand to hand until finally (if you’re lucky!) it ends up on your hand. What an amazing process, and to think, this was just the beginning.

Come back tomorrow for photos from Mauritius, diamond polishing and the Tiffany Foundation.

Thank you to Tiffany & Co. for partnering on this post and for sending me on this epic journey.
See all of Tiffany & Co.’s sustainability efforts here. #tiffanycsr
Photography by Eric Zeziola

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  • Yobella Gabriel

    THat is such a lovely journey!! How lucky!

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    • Thank you! YES, I am very lucky to have experienced it! xo