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DIVA. Museum for diamonds, jewellery and silver

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Published: 04.06.2024

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3 new workshops, Hammertime. Open Atelier Silversmithing and Sling and vacuum casting, are offered by the Museum.
DIVA. Museum for diamonds, jewellery and silver.
Antwerp
DIVA. Museum for diamonds, jewellery and silver..
DIVA. Museum for diamonds, jewellery and silver.

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Intro
The DIVA museum aims to foster an appreciation for diamonds, jewellery and silver in the broadest sense. We share our passion for heritage and craftsmanship and challenge you to learn as well as to develop creativity to the fullest. As a visitor, you can not only immerse yourself in the stories about and behind the objects, but also experience the passion, craftsmanship and creativity for yourself.
 
Exceptional silver collection
DIVA's silver collection is impressive to say the least. Deriving from the former Silver Museum in Sterckshof Castle in Deurne, the collection consists of some 1,400 silver artefacts, reflecting half a millennium of Belgian silversmithing. Best represented in the collection is silver from Antwerp, and in particular from the time of the ancien régime (the system of government prior to the French Revolution in 1789). The collection is particularly well endowed with tableware, but it also boasts items of the guild and ecclesiastical silver, toilet accessories, and even a collection of curiosities. The collection tells the story of opulent Antwerp, Flanders and Belgium.

Location steeped in history
Behind Antwerp Town Hall, where DIVA is located, traces are still to be found of a neighbourhood where for more than 500 years silversmiths lived, worked and sold their products. It has been a vibrant commercial hub particularly since Antwerp’s Golden Age. Buildings sports names like De Gulden Sterre (The Golden Star) where goldsmith Jacob van der Vijlen served two shops in 1497, and Den Luipaert (The Leopard) which housed the workshops of countless gold and silversmiths. Not far away are the houses where artists Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1690) and Jacob Jordaens (1593-1678) were born. Hofstraat is home to Den Rhyn (The Rhine) behind which is a sixteenth-century building with enclosed courtyard, the site of Antwerp’s first commodity exchange which was connected to the silversmiths’ guildhall. Also close by, on the corner of de Grote and de Kleine Koraalberg, is the building which was named Den Coraeltack (Coral House) in 1579. It was the preserve of jewellers and merchants specialized in precious stones. Finally, located close to Zilversmidstraat since 1307 are the living quarters of silversmiths, chasers and embossers. These historic extracts contextualize the museum and unearth a treasure trove of stories which provide a framework for objects from its collection and for its products. Studio DIVA, a modern workshop for silversmithing and jewellery making located on the DIVA site, also links up with this dazzling history.

Revamped permanent exhibition
In the refurbished permanent exhibition 'A Brilliant Story' since March 2023, you will discover the different stages of a piece of jewellery or silverware, from the mine to the finished product. See how diamonds are mined, how silversmiths work, and learn more about the art and uses of these beautiful objects. Feast your eyes on 650 diamonds, jewellery and silver objects from the 15th century to today.

Rooms of Wonder at DIVA
DIVA’s Room of Wonder. The dreamy name fires the imagination. Is the final room in your tour through the museum.
In this contemporary interpretation of a Wunderkammer, or cabinet of curiosities and rarities, valuable objects from every corner of the globe are brought together in a cocoon of luxury. Visitors learn about Antwerp’s illustrious past, about the city that led the way in the production and distribution of art and luxury articles in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Silverware, jewellery, precious stones and exotic curiosities like coconuts, shells and coral were particularly sought after. In her Room of Wonder, DIVA tells visitors all about these objects and their collectors.
With the focus on silverware, jewellery and diamonds, DIVA wants to contribute to the wonderment, curiosity and exchange of knowledge triggered by material culture. So as part of a special programme, she has invited trailblazing guest curators to create their very own version of a Room of Wonder. These guest curators might be collectors, patrons, artists, fashion, jewellery or interior designers, silversmiths, architects or photographers. They are free to draw on the museum’s collection and supplement it with other (art) objects in a bid to shed light on the wonderment concept from different angles and link it to gemstones and precious metals.

DIVA Atelier. A studio for jewellery and silversmithing
DIVA atelier is a workplace for jewellery and silversmithing at the DIVA museum. The sessions are a combination of theory and practice and designed to recognize the value of our intangible cultural heritage and nurture it. The atelier welcomes both specialists and amateurs. We have a suitable programme for everyone. For specialists and professionals, we run master-classes in specific traditional and new techniques. For those new to the branch, DIVA offers residency opportunities in the atelier. Future silversmiths and jewellery designers can develop their technical skills and creative talent here. Amateurs can follow workshops throughout the year and our summer silversmithing ateliers are a regular part of our offering.
The atelier is also a fascinating place of learning for schools and very young children, introducing them to the chemistry of precious metals in an educational and fun way. Last but not least, visitors to the DIVA museum can visit the atelier on request an appointment.

Library
DIVA’s library collection counts about 23.000 titles and contains books, magazines, yearbooks, auction catalogues and documentation. It has two sections: the Research Library and the Special Collections.
The library’s collection profile is in line with the collections of the museum on gold- and silversmith’s art, jewelry and diamond. But you can also consult the library for: a broad collection on applied arts: metals, glass, ceramics, numismatics, design, furniture, interior design; manuals on techniques and crafts; general works on cultural and economic history, art history and styles; specialized periodicals, yearbooks and auction catalogues; extensive documentation, mainly on Belgian silver.
The library also keeps a valuable historical and cultural heritage collection, containing early printed books and modern preciosa (such as original sales catalogues/model books of Belgian silver companies and gold- and silversmiths and old manuals relating to the craft). A few gems of our library can be digitally admired on the website of Flandrica. In addition, some early printed books have been added to the Short Title Catalogue Flanders (STCV), an online bibliography of books printed in Flanders before 1801.


Opening hours:
Daily: 10.00-18.00h
Closed on Wednesdays
Last entry: 17.00h
Closed on: November 1, December 25, January 1.
Special opening hours on:
December 24 : 10.00 - 15.00 h.
December 31 : 10.00 - 15.00 h.

Standard rates:
Standard rates € 12
Reduced fee € 8
Free of charge up to the age of 18
Guided group tours by appointment
DIVA is cashless. As well online as at the entrance desk we only accept payments by card.
 

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2024:
Workshop  08 Jul 2024 - 12 Jul 2024  Sling and Vacuum Casting with Kathleen Frisson 2024.
Workshop  01 Jul 2024 - 06 Jul 2024  Hammertime. Open Atelier Silversmithing with Max Gielis.
2023:
Open call  21 Nov 2023 - 18 Feb 2024  Open Call for Artists-in-Residence at DIVA 2024.
Workshop  02 Nov 2023 - 05 Nov 2023  Sling and vacuum casting with Kathleen Frisson.
Exhibition  26 Aug 2023 - 08 Oct 2023  20th Silver Triennial International at DIVA museum.
Workshop  03 Jul 2023 - 08 Jul 2023  Hammertime. Workshop silversmithing with Max Gielis.
Workshop  28 May 2023 - 24 Sep 2023  Drawing Gems with Inesa Kovalova.
2022:
Open call  19 Sep 2022 - 06 Nov 2022  Open Call for Artists-in-Residence in the DIVA Atelier.
2021:
Open call  21 Oct 2021 - 30 Nov 2021  Open Call for Artist in Residence Programme at Studio DIVA.
Workshop  05 Jul 2021 - 09 Jul 2021  Treasure Boxes. A Masterclass by Silvia Weidenbach.
2020:
Exhibition  30 Oct 2020 - 14 Mar 2021  Jewellery from the Swinging 60's and 70's.
Workshop  24 Aug 2020 - 28 Aug 2020  Forging Silver Spoons.
Meeting  28 Mar 2020 - 28 Mar 2020  Symposium: Different Colours of Contemporary Silverwork.
Workshop  23 Mar 2020 - 26 Mar 2020  Opus Interrasile: Masterclass with Helena Schepens.
2019:
Workshop  28 Oct 2019 - 01 Nov 2019  Handling Fine Wires. Masterclass with Giovanni Corvaja.
Exhibition  13 Sep 2019 - 16 Feb 2020  Room of Wonder II curated by Katrin Wouters and Karen Hendrix.
Room of Wonder © Tom Cornille, 2023.
Room of Wonder © Tom Cornille, 2023

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Trading Room © Tom Cornille, 2023.
Trading Room © Tom Cornille, 2023

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Dining Room © Tom Cornille, 2023.
Dining Room © Tom Cornille, 2023

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Vault © Tom Cornille, 2023.
Vault © Tom Cornille, 2023

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Raw Materials Room © Tom Cornille, 2023.
Raw Materials Room © Tom Cornille, 2023

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Conservation-Restoration Studio © Sigrid Spinnox, 2023.
Conservation-Restoration Studio © Sigrid Spinnox, 2023

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Reading room of the library..
Reading room of the library.

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DIVA atelier for jewellery and silversmithing..
DIVA atelier for jewellery and silversmithing.

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Unknown. Piece: Untitled, 1860. Gold, enamel, ruby, diamond.. Photo by: Dominique Provost. Part of: DIVA. Museum for diamonds, jewellery and silver. Necklace and bracelet.. Unknown
Piece: Untitled, 1860
Gold, enamel, ruby, diamond.
Photo by: Dominique Provost
Part of: DIVA. Museum for diamonds, jewellery and silver
Necklace and bracelet.

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David Huycke. Sculpture: Order & Chaos # 1, 2008. Silver, stainless steel, polyurethane.. Photo by: Hugo Maertens. Part of: DIVA. Museum for diamonds, jewellery and silver. David Huycke
Sculpture: Order & Chaos # 1, 2008
Silver, stainless steel, polyurethane.
Photo by: Hugo Maertens
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Gustave Baugrand. Brooch: Peacock, 1867. Gold, pearls, sapphire, emerald, ruby, diamond.. Photo by: White Light. Part of: DIVA. Museum for diamonds, jewellery and silver. Gustave Baugrand
Brooch: Peacock, 1867
Gold, pearls, sapphire, emerald, ruby, diamond.
Photo by: White Light
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Ernie Edouard. Emile Anthony. Wolfers Frères. Piece: Untitled, 1897. Bone, silver.. Photo by: Hugo Maertens. Part of: DIVA. Museum for diamonds, jewellery and silver. Ernie Edouard
Emile Anthony
Wolfers Frères
Piece: Untitled, 1897
Bone, silver.
Photo by: Hugo Maertens
Part of: DIVA. Museum for diamonds, jewellery and silver
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Lacloche (Frères). Brooch: Untitled, 1926. Platinum, white gold, onyx, emerald, ruby, diamond.. Photo by: White Light. Part of: DIVA. Museum for diamonds, jewellery and silver. Brooch with an Egyptian motif.. Lacloche (Frères)
Brooch: Untitled, 1926
Platinum, white gold, onyx, emerald, ruby, diamond.
Photo by: White Light
Part of: DIVA. Museum for diamonds, jewellery and silver
Brooch with an Egyptian motif.

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Wolfers Frères. Joseph Krischer Nachfolger. Vessel: Jardinière ‘aux hérons’, 1903. Silver, metal.. Photo by: Hugo Maertens. Part of: DIVA. Museum for diamonds, jewellery and silver. Wolfers Frères
Joseph Krischer Nachfolger
Vessel: Jardinière ‘aux hérons’, 1903
Silver, metal.
Photo by: Hugo Maertens
Part of: DIVA. Museum for diamonds, jewellery and silver
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Meester met Drietand. Vessel: Tazza, 1549. Silver. Photo by: Hugo Maertens. Part of: DIVA. Museum for diamonds, jewellery and silver. Meester met Drietand
Vessel: Tazza, 1549
Silver
Photo by: Hugo Maertens
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Franciscus Henricus Coetermans. Pendant: Flemish heart surmounted by trophy, 1869. Diamond, silver, gold.. Photo by: Dominique Provost. Part of: DIVA. Museum for diamonds, jewellery and silver. Franciscus Henricus Coetermans
Pendant: Flemish heart surmounted by trophy, 1869
Diamond, silver, gold.
Photo by: Dominique Provost
Part of: DIVA. Museum for diamonds, jewellery and silver
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Meester met gestileerde plant. Object: Sunburst monstrance, 1716. Silver. Photo by: Hugo Maertens. Part of: DIVA. Museum for diamonds, jewellery and silver. Ceremonial containers.. Meester met gestileerde plant
Object: Sunburst monstrance, 1716
Silver
Photo by: Hugo Maertens
Part of: DIVA. Museum for diamonds, jewellery and silver
Ceremonial containers.

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Daisy Verheyden. Pin: Untitled, 2000. Gold, diamond.. Photo by: Dominique Provost. Part of: DIVA. Museum for diamonds, jewellery and silver. Daisy Verheyden
Pin: Untitled, 2000
Gold, diamond.
Photo by: Dominique Provost
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bOb Van Reeth bOb. Wim Ibens. Object: Dish, 1991. Epoxy, copper alloy.. Photo by: Dominique Provost. Part of: DIVA. Museum for diamonds, jewellery and silver. bOb Van Reeth bOb
Wim Ibens
Object: Dish, 1991
Epoxy, copper alloy.
Photo by: Dominique Provost
Part of: DIVA. Museum for diamonds, jewellery and silver
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Anthoni Lepies. Vessel: Windmill Cup, 1689. Silver. Photo by: Dominique Provost. Part of: DIVA. Museum for diamonds, jewellery and silver. Anthoni Lepies
Vessel: Windmill Cup, 1689
Silver
Photo by: Dominique Provost
Part of: DIVA. Museum for diamonds, jewellery and silver
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