Jews, Indians, and Arabs: On Diamond Markets and Traders
The development of an unique ‘diamond culture’ led to widening of the diamond markets. A diamond market is not only a place to exchange stones, but mainly to reinforce social contacts and make new agreements. This chapter focuses on different diamond markets in Antwerp, Israel, and the Arabic Emirates. The case of the multicultural market of Antwerp includes a close-up analysis of different specificities of Jewish and Indian traders, their cooperation and conflict. Israeli Ramat Gan exchange bourses are another example of the diamond market, which tries to distinguish itself internationally by emphasising ultramodern facilities and technology. The diamond market of Dubai attracts diamantairs from all over the world, making great promises for the future. The differences and similarities of different countries and markets are illustrated here by specific examples from fieldwork.