Interview with Stephane Fischler, president of the Antwerp World Diamond Centre

Interview with Stephane Fischler, president of the Antwerp World Diamond Centre

You often travel around the world. How is Antwerp perceived these days in the diamond, gem and jewellery industry? Before everything, the world knows about Antwerp’s love story with diamonds. Our 550-year history, and our leading position as the world’s epicenter of the diamond trade – nobody can beat that. Antwerp’s expertise, its advanced research and technology have contributed much, among others, to this leading role. In how much is Antwerp itself a brand? Antwerp remains the world’s knowledge center for extraordinary diamond cutting, research and the development of technology, and this in spite of the fact that the mass production of diamond, as is the case with so many […]

A New Way to Get Millennials interested in diamonds!

A New Way to Get Millennials interested in diamonds!

Let’s face it…Millennials have shown little interest in buying diamonds. A big part of the blame can be placed on how diamonds are marketed. There is no excitement, no romance; nothing to capture the attention of this important demographic. Online databases brag about ease of searching, mobile capability and low prices but they have been missing the mark. DeBeers, through its Forevermark brand, is bringing back the highly successful “A diamond is forever” campaign. But that has little chance of capturing the hearts of Millennials. It belongs to their grandparent’s generation and they won’t fall for that old, hackneyed slogan. But there is hope. Finally, someone gets it and has […]

“The magic world of Diamonds”, a lecture by Marijan Dundek, Graff, London

“The magic world of Diamonds”, a lecture by Marijan Dundek, Graff, London

Visitors to the ADTF will have the privilege to attend a breakfast seminar presented by Marijan Dundek, of GRAFF London, about fancy color diamonds, on February 2nd 2015 at 8.30 am at the Radisson Hotel of Antwerp. Marijan Dundek is a leading authority on diamonds. In his professional career he has worked with, and advised on, some of the world’s finest and most valuable diamonds. His passion for his field and his keenness to further knowledge about diamonds and the diamond industry led to his writing this guide, which has been highly praised by other experts and organizations in the field. In expanding the book’s international reach through its translation […]

Iconic jeweller, Gerhard Schreiner of Schreiner Haute Joaillerie to attend ADTF 2015

Iconic jeweller, Gerhard Schreiner of Schreiner Haute Joaillerie to attend ADTF 2015

ADTF: Your fascination with precious stones has led you to travel the world in search of gemstones of the highest standards.  You will visit the Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair next February 2015 for the 2nd time. What type of stones will you be looking for?  Why Antwerp? GS: We are looking especially for single stones in sizes from 10 to 50 carats. ADTF: What are the advantages of sourcing your diamonds at ADTF? GS: As we are working with several partners who are participating in the show, we are able to compare prices and get the best sources and the best results. ADTF: You obviously have your trusted suppliers of […]

Meeting with Yves Kerremans, director at WTOCD

Meeting with Yves Kerremans, director at WTOCD

Antwerp, the world’s number one diamond trading hub, operates its own scientific and technological research centre, dedicated exclusively to diamonds. Known by its Dutch-language acronym WTOCD, the Scientific and Technical Research Centre for Diamonds is located in Lier, an Antwerp suburban township. It is recognized as one of the world’s leading research centres for diamonds. Yves Kerremans, the WTOCD’s director, spoke to the ADTF NL editors. WTOCD employs a team of 15 engineers and researchers whose mission is to develop new technologies and develop new tools, with the aim to keep Antwerp at the forefront of the global diamond industry. A series of innovations have resulted from their research such […]

A conversation with Wolf Ollech, a veteran Antwerp diamond cutter

A conversation with Wolf Ollech, a veteran Antwerp diamond cutter

Diamond manufacturing has considerably evolved over the past decades. When Wolf Ollech started his career in Antwerp, cutting a diamond was an artisan’s job. As a sculptor of miniatures, the diamond cutter was able to exercise his creative skills to craft his jewel out of the rough stone he had in his hands, veteran diamond cutter Wolf Ollech explains. Since the mid-70s, with the introduction of modern technology, including cad-cam based technology, things have changed considerably. Today, technology is indispensable in diamond cutting and polishing, both in large plants as well as in the smaller workshops. But experience and knowledge are also important, if not more important. Knowledge that was […]