THE HISTORY OF MONNICKENDAM DIAMONDS LIMITED

1890 - The company of Monnickendam was founded by Louis Monnickendam in Amsterdam
1914 - Moved to Britain from Amsterdam
1929 - Develops close relationship with De Beers, becoming first UK "sightholder"
1966 - Monnickendam awarded "The Queen's Award To Industry"
mid 1980's - employing 120 diamond cutters in Hove in Sussex
From mid 1980's - cutting factories in Thailand and Mauritius
From 1990 - Large important and special stones cut and polished in London
May 2009 - 7.03ct Fancy Vivid Blue, Internally Flawless diamond cut

Monnickendam's long trading history provides an exceptionally rich and varied source of experience to draw upon, and has given us the time to develop and establish a core set of fundamental values and ethics. Tradition, has it's place in a progressive business and we do cherish this greatly in whatever we do at Monnickendam. Nonetheless, Monnickendam, like time, never stops. We always remain alert and responsive to modern challenges and develop innovative approaches to the diamond market and techniques in diamond cutting and polishing.

Monnickendam Diamonds is one of the oldest and largest seller of polished diamonds in the UK. Through continued innovation and ambition to be a leader in the industry the company has kept its place at the top of the market place. To ensure continued guaranteed value to clients Monnickendam decided relinquish being a sightholder in 2003, having been one since 1929. This move provided Monnickendam the greater flexibility to source rough diamonds from a larger range of mines. Greater choice enables Monnickendam to always purchase at competitive prices and select according to the personal requirements of our clients'.

It is worth remembering that for all polished diamonds supplied by Monnickendam, the rough has been sourced in strict adherence to the Kimberly Process. Thereby, adding to the reassurance our clients receive, in purchasing diamonds of excellent quality and value, they have been sourced with impeccable ethics.