Amsterdam, City of Diamonds

For the Jewish Cultural Quarter in the centre of Amsterdam we helped create a film that was used as an introduction to the exhibit Amsterdam, City of Diamonds. The animation is a brief, poetic overview of the journey from the discovery of diamonds in the far east to the embedding of a vibrant culture into the heart of Amsterdam.

The music was composed and performed by cellist Annie Tangberg.
The voice over is Caspar Stalenhoef.

Below this text is the version without subtitles.

Short information text about the exhibit
From 27 September 2019 to 1 March 2020, to mark the 125th anniversary of the founding of the General Diamond Workers’ Union of the Netherlands (ANDB), the Jewish Historical Museum presents Amsterdam, City of Diamonds. The exhibition recounts how from the early seventeenth century Amsterdam grew to become the international center of the diamond industry, largely thanks to the city’s Jewish population. The dynamic period of Amsterdam’s diamond sector lasted for more than 300 years and was characterized by highs and lows.

Click this link to go directly to the landing page of the exhibit.