Don't be surprised if you see men carrying diamonds like they are carrying common stones in this market. Surat's Mahidharpura Diamond Market is a diamond jewellery industry where you will find millions of workers cutting, polishing, and examining stones.
Famed for its diamond polishing and cutting industry, Surat is sometimes called the Antwerp of the East.
In the back lanes of Mahidharpura Diamond Market, stones worth millions of rupees change hands everyday, traded right on streets.
You can find all kinds of diamonds here, from big prized ones to scraps and powders.
Mahidharpura has a festive atmosphere, typified by groups of men huddled over packets of diamonds debating price, quality and source.
Trust plays the most important role when trading. The trick is to bring enough cash and take to diamond shopping as though you were doing the groceries.
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