Diamond Museum Musée du diamant. Diana Vélez. (colombian girl) Diamantmuseum Katelijnestraat 43, B-8000 Brugge. HISTORY OF DIAMANTMUSEUM BRUGGE. Diamantmuseum Brugge (Diamond Museum Brugge) was opened on June 19, 1999. The museum has since been extended in several phases. In 2005, the Brazilian Collection and exhibitions on synthetic and industrial diamond opened. Investigations in the city archives of Brugge, together with local historian Ludo Vandamme confirmed that diamond were traded in Brugge long before diamonds were heard of in Antwerp and Amsterdam, and a number of diamond polishers, active in Brugge in the 14th century, were identified. A number of temporary exhibitions have been prepared in the mean time: 2008: "A Sparkling History", the social history of diamond polishers in Brugge and West-Flanders. 2009: "Di-Amour", the history of the diamond ring and diamond jewel During 2010 the Diamond Institute Brugge will open it doors, offering ‘insider courses’ on the diamond world and its secrets. Diamond Museum (diamantmuseum.be), which tells the story of the city's love affair with big rocks – some 85 per cent of the world's rough diamonds are traded in Antwerp's diamond quarter. From October, the museum hosts a new exhibition, For Honour and Glory: Treasures of Napoleon (napoleondiamant.be/en), marking 200 years since the emperor first came to Antwerp with his lavish jewellery collection and inspired the city's love of decorative arts.