antwerp: the journey of a tiffany diamond

    International, TRAVEL, Featured • December 11, 2015

    This past weekend I returned from a magical journey with Tiffany & Co. that took me to Antwerp, Belgium and Mauritius, Africa.

    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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