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Inside Antwerp’s secret, glittering, ultra-secure diamond HQ where 85% of the world’s supply changes hands
Bruno Waterfield, The Telegraph
 

Inside Antwerp’s secret, glittering, ultra-secure diamond HQ where 85% of the world’s supply changes hands

 |  | Last Updated:09/12/13 5:49 PM ET
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A file photo of uncut diamonds.  In 1,500 diamond offices in Antwerp, 8,000 people, representing 160 nationalities, handle diamonds worth £85-million every day
Chris Ratcliffe / BloombergA file photo of uncut diamonds. In 1,500 diamond offices in Antwerp, 8,000 people, representing 160 nationalities, handle diamonds worth £85-million every day

It is a business worth £31-billion a year built on mankind’s desire — and even dark passion — for rare gemstones of brilliance and beauty.

As supply from the mines to market fails to match the world’s growing appetite for adornment, prices are booming, and it is confidently expected that next year the trade will become more valuable than ever before.

The Sunday Telegraph was last week granted access to the trading rooms that lie behind the unprepossessing Eighties facades of four buildings on Antwerp’s Hoveniersstraat. Link to the original National Post article

 
   
 
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