Diamond cutting and polishing has been an important local industry for centuries, ever since Antwerp dealers, looking for cheap skilled labor, brought the craft to Bruges. The technique of polishing diamonds using diamond powder on a rotating disk may have been invented by the Bruges goldsmith Lodewijk van Berquem around 1450. This museum focuses on the history of diamond cutting and polishing in Bruges, with demonstrations and displays of the equipment the craftspeople employ.
- © Frommer's 2013
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