The Real Deal New York

A perfect cut

Tucked inside a Midtown office building is the country’s largest diamond factory

August 09, 2015 10:00AM
By Christopher Cameron


A diamond in the rough

From Luxury Listings NYC: The office lobby is a generic space guarded by a single dispassionate doorman. Here you would never suspect that raw and cut diamonds worth hundreds of millions of dollars are housed just a few flights up.

Located in the heart of the Diamond District, the 33-story Art Deco tower blends into the jungle of Midtown skyscrapers. “You walk down 47th Street and see all the diamond retailers, but you don’t realize that the largest diamond manufacturing facility in all of the Americas is right here,” said Brian Watkins, president of Ritani, the third-generation family-owned diamond brand, which operates the factory.[more]