The largest diamond and precious stone exchange in the world is found in Eretz Yisrael, in Ramat Gan. The diamond industry is one of Israel’s largest export industries; one in every two diamonds sold in the U.S. has passed through Israel. Whenever a diamond is bought or sold, the deal is closed by the words “Mazel u’brachah” — even if no Jews were involved in the deal!
There are both permanent and temporary exhibitions. The former gives information on the “creation” of a diamond (its formation, different methods of diamond mining, and the stages of processing and polishing), the unique features of the diamond, and industry trading practices. The diamond’s attributes and applications in jewelry and different fields of industry are also highlighted. Experts in the industry guide the visitor though all the stages, and the brilliance of diamonds is revealed.
After a visit to the museum, visitors can enter the diamond complex, which is like a trip to a huge supermarket — of diamonds.
The Harry Oppenheimer Diamond Museum is located at 1 Jabotinsky Street, Diamond Exchange, Ramat Gan, Israel. It is open daily (but not Fridays or Shabbos), from 10 a.m. — 4 p.m. and on Tuesday until 6 p.m. The entrance fee is NIS 24, and NIS 12 for students and soldiers. Phone: (03) 576-0219.
Published in Hamodia.