Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair 2018 in motion! 28-30 January 2018

Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair 2018 in motion! 28-30 January 2018

International Exhibitors Welcome at the Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair! Highlights of the new coming edition: Dates: 28-30 January 2018 – A time slot firmly established on the international diamond buyers‘ calendars! Since 2010, over 4000 qualified diamond and precious stones in the categories of jewellery retailers, manufacturers and dealers have come to the Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair to source their stones! BrilliANT 2018: Part of the highlights of the Antwerp Diamond Year Celebrations! From October 2017 to February 2018, the City of Antwerp will be organizing a dedicated Diamond Year: a festive period full of events to celebrate the 570–year anniversary bond between the City of Antwerp and the diamond industry.  […]

A new chapter in investment diamonds

A new chapter in investment diamonds

During the past few years, consumers have been told that this is the time to invest in diamonds. A flurry of companies has arisen, offering consumers an opportunity to invest in the most desirable categories of polished, colorless diamonds, most often larger than two carats, in the highest color, clarity and cut ranges. Arguing that the production of rough diamonds is dwindling, and that the supply of the top categories will decrease, prices, the investment firms say, will inevitably go up sharply and therefore, diamond are a solid investment. Most industry experts, one way or another, seem to agree with this contention. But what about natural coloured diamonds? Nicholas Weinberg, […]

A quick interview with Stephane Fischler, Chairman of the Antwerp World Diamond Centre

A quick interview with Stephane Fischler, Chairman of the Antwerp World Diamond Centre

We are about to hold the Seventh Edition of the Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair. Time for a quick review: What do you see in your crystal ball?  The concept of the ADTF has proven a unique opportunity to bring diamond buyers – jewellery retailers and manufacturers from all over the world to the diamond district and make themselves feel at home in our streets and bourses. The Fair is a formidable opportunity to understand what a powerhouse house Antwerp is in the diamond trade. Our greatest challenge is to ensure that diamonds continue to be desired by the end consumer. Compared to a decade ago or so, all players in […]

Laser inscriptions: Carved in diamond forever!

Laser inscriptions: Carved in diamond forever!

Laser inscriptions have very little to do with Star Wars or The Force, but are perhaps more important for your diamonds than you think. A standard laser inscription is a combination of letters and numbers “engraved” in a diamond using a laser. In most cases it is marked on the stone’s girdle (Fig. 1), but other parts such as the crown or even the table are possible although highly unusual (Fig. 2). A laser is a high-energy bundle of light which is used to “burn” the symbol onto the diamond. The burning process is actually a “graphitisation” of the surface, where the strong carbon-carbon bounds of diamonds are destroyed. HRD […]

Interview with Massimo Gismondi

Interview with Massimo Gismondi

Size and colour first and foremost! Massimo Gismondi is a stone enthusiast and an accomplished gemmologist. He regularly visits the main centres for gemstone sales such as Antwerp, where he often goes.Gems are his true passion, and he would definitely splurge on a favourite.President of the eponymous house, he represents the seventh generation in charge.He granted an interview to the organisers of the Antwerp Trade Fair. “We are certainly one of the oldest jewellers in Italy. Our house, in Genoa, was founded in 1754; my ancestors were first goldsmiths, whose clientèle was the clergy and the Vatican.The trade of jeweller came later, in the 19th century – and we have been […]

Visitors at the Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair will have the privilege of attending an exceptional evening, on Sunday 31 January 2016!

Visitors at the Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair will have the privilege of attending an exceptional evening, on Sunday 31 January 2016!

Hand-crafted diamond jewels imagined by HRD Award winners or nominees will once again be presented in Antwerp this year, during the opening evening of the Antwerp Diamond Night, organised by the AWDC. This evening, which will take place on 31 January, marks the culmination of the program offered to visitors at the 2016 Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair. Trade Fair visitors will have the pleasure of seeing a completely original mise en scène of avant-garde jewellery creations, as part of a show filled with colour. These works of art were unveiled in Antwerp this past 29 October, during the 17th HRD Awards, the renowned international diamond jewellery contest, held in Antwerp […]

Interview with Alain Némarq, CEO of Mauboussin

Interview with Alain Némarq, CEO of Mauboussin

Happiness or Bust In his new offices installed in a townhouse built in 1831, which looks more like a contemporary art gallery than a work place, I met with Alain Némarq, who for the past decade has presided over the jeweller Mauboussin, founded in 1827.  Mr. Némarcq, what do diamonds represent for you? “Diamond are synonymous with happiness and also a token of personal success. Ten years ago, when I took over the company’s management, coloured gemstones were in favour. This year, however, diamond jewellery as well as diamond watches will represent 80% of sales. Before we parted, Alain spoke to me about his second book, which was just released […]

Informative breakfast about Lab-Grown Diamonds

Informative breakfast about Lab-Grown Diamonds

Confidence is a key value: The display of synthetic diamonds is strictly forbidden at the Antwerp Diamond Fair! The most pervasive changes and developments we have witnessed in the diamond grading and certification landscape are all focused around the field of man-made diamonds. Whether you refer to them as ‘synthetic diamonds’, ‘man-made diamonds’ or ‘laboratory-grown diamonds’, the undisputable fact is that these stones are chemically, physically and optically identical to their counterparts that are mined naturally. There are 2 distinct technologies to manufacture man-made diamonds, High Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) and Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD). The former technology has been around for much longer than the latter, and HPHT-produced stones […]

Diamonds & Awards

Diamonds & Awards

Winner and finalists of the HRD Awards 2015 revealed during grand prize ceremony in Antwerp – November 2015 On Thursday October 29th, Peter Macken, CEO of HRD Antwerp,  Ludo Van Campenhout, Vice Mayor of Antwerp, Governor Cathy Berx en Richard Shen, CEO of Tesiro, presented the winner of the 17th edition of the HRD Awards. The gala event took place in The Shop in Antwerp and was hosted by Véronique De Kock. The HRD Awards is the world’s leading biennial diamond jewellery contest organized by HRD Antwerp.  It aims to foster creative talent while extending the limits of contemporary diamond jewellery design. The HRD Awards provides a platform for up […]

Would you fancy a vivid blue diamond?

Would you fancy a vivid blue diamond?

Sale of “Blue Moon” underscores strength of top tier diamond market GENEVA, November 2015 – The sale of the Blue Moon, an extremely rare and flawless 12.03-carat Fancy Vivid blue diamond, for a world record price for a gemstone at auction of $48.4 million, highlights the strength of the top tier diamond market. In an exhilarating two-way bidding war at the Sotheby’s sale in Geneva on November 11, the audience gasped as the bids moved ever higher into world record territory, and a loud round of applause in the packed hall followed when the hammer came down on the sale to a Hong Kong buyer. The previous record belonged to […]