Diamonds in Amsterdam
Of all the touristy things I did during my several weeks in Amsterdam, I remember one as being the obvious standout lowlight.
Coster Diamonds and the Diamond Museum.
Some people really like this stuff, I suppose, and these places (just across the street from Museumplein) always seemed to have tourists hanging around. The museum was particularly bad, though, with a couple of rooms of extremely basic exhibits detailing the popularity of diamonds through a number of civilizations in modern history.
I did have some fun, of course, as I went to the Diamond Museum with a friend and she helped me pick out some pretty sweet bling to take a photo with.
I tend to think diamonds are themselves a bit of a bad joke, the worldwide desire for which is the result more of extremely well run marketing campaigns than any sort of real inherent value.
The rest of the time, though, was mostly just the folks at Coster Diamonds doing their best to convince a room full of people (with the door locked, no less!) how good a deal they could get at factory prices.
Oh… and this diamond-encrusted baboon skull.
I visited the Diamond Museum and Coster Diamonds Factory while I was doing some photography jobs for GetYourGuide. The Coster Factory is free. If after reading this you’re still keen to visit the Diamond Museum, check out GYG’s Amsterdam Diamond Museum tour.