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Diamond Museum Brugge presents its visitors with the secrets of the magical world of diamonds, often inaccessible to the outsider. Diamond polishing - by means of diamond dust on a rotating disc - was invented in Brugge in the 15th century, by local goldsmith Lodewijk van Berquem, long before diamond manufacturing expanded to other cities. The wealthy Dukes of Burgundy were accustomed to an opulent life style, and diamond jewellery, elegant garments, noble tapestries and fine paintings were important status symbols. Diamond Museum Brugge illustrates the whole historic, social and economic context of this important development during the Middle Age.