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By Roman Grynberg, Letsema Mbayi

The worldwide Diamond undefined: Economics and improvement brings jointly a set of papers masking a number of elements of the diamond together with economics, legislation, historical past, sociology and improvement throughout volumes.

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79 This had already been the case for diamonds in the seventeenth century. The ‘Instruction book for merchants’ of the Antwerp Colen-de Groot family, probably dating from 1643, states that large diamonds over forty carats were far more appreciated in Goa and its surroundings than they were ‘here’, meaning Antwerp or perhaps the European market, and should therefore not be sent away. 80 We may assume that there was not only a global market for rough stones, with prices in different locations being more or less compatible, but also a global market for polished stones, with different groups of consumers in different parts of the world, each group having its own preference for diamonds of a particular size, cut, and colour.

47; for the apprentices, Godelieve van Hemeldonck has done extensive research into the apprenticeship contracts in the Antwerp notary archives. Her manuscript ‘Leercontracten, Arbeidscontracten en Compagniën 1414–1795 (Apprenticeship contracts, work contracts and companies 1414–1795)’, 2008, is available in the Felix Archief in Antwerp (henceforth FAA). 55. Boyajian, Portuguese trade, pp. 135–6. 56. Trivellato, T Familiarity, p. 219. See also Francesca Trivellato, ‘Sephardic merchants in the early modern Atlantic and beyond: toward a comparative historical approach to business cooperation’, in Richard L.

Boyajian, Portuguese trade, pp. 135–6. 56. Trivellato, T Familiarity, p. 219. See also Francesca Trivellato, ‘Sephardic merchants in the early modern Atlantic and beyond: toward a comparative historical approach to business cooperation’, in Richard L. Kagan and Philip D. Morgan, Atlantic diasporas: Jews, conversos, and crypto-Jews in the age of mercantilism, 1500–1800, Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press, 2009, pp. 99–122. 57. FAA, Notarieel Archief (henceforth NA), N 3624, fol. 368 (for the Hindu trader).

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