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.