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Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair Kicks Off Three-Day Event

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ANTWERP, Belgium – The doors of the Antwerp Diamond Bourse, the Diamond Club of Antwerp and Antwerp’s Rough Diamond Bourse opened on Sunday, Jan. 31 to greet visitors to the seventh edition of the Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair (ADTF) and welcome the hundreds of buyers who registered for the fair. Nearly 90 exhibitors are offering the visiting buyers a wide selection of diamonds in all sizes, quantities, prices and qualities.

A highlight of the three-day event’s program was the “Antwerp Diamond Night,” offered and sponsored by the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) on Sunday night. On Monday, Feb. 1, Jean-Matheiu Mangnay, chief gemologist of the International Gemological Institute (IGI), will talk to the participants in the ADTF breakfast seminar at the Radisson Blue Astrid about the ins and outs of identification of synthetic or laboratory-grown diamonds. He will be introduced by AFDT Communications Director Ya’akov Almor, who is also the communications director of the International Diamond Council (IDC), the trade organization that regulates diamond nomenclature.

This will be followed by an 11 a.m. press conference at the AWDC headquarters for members of the trade and the international media during which the AWDC will present an overview of the Belgian diamond industry and trade’s performance in 2015.

On Tuesday, Feb. 2, the ADTF breakfast seminar participants will attend a presentation by French luxury industry expert Didier Brodbeck about the developments in the luxury product consumer markets and the role of diamonds and diamond jewelry in that sector. “Diamonds and diamond jewelry are competing with a much wider ‘bandwidth’ of luxury consumer products than ever before,” says Almor. “Didier will analyze the current consumer markets and offer an outlook for the year 2016.”

Last-minute registration is available at www.adtf.be.

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