Bruges Diamond Museum
Bruges Diamond Museum © Swamibu
Bruges has a long history of diamond polishing, going back to 1450 when local goldsmith Lodewijk van Berquem invented the modern technique of using diamond powder on a rotating disk. The Bruges Diamond Museum's (Diamantmuseum Brugge) variety of exhibits cover the history and techniques of diamond cutting and polishing, mining, setting diamonds and the evolution of the diamond trade over several centuries. Visitors can view live polishing demonstrations each day and the institution often hosts temporary exhibitions of famous stones and jewellery. The gift shop stocks rough and synthetic diamonds, as well as more reasonably-priced souvenirs.