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Carat+ Closes with Higher Visitor Numbers

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(PRESS RELEASE) The second edition of diamond event Carat+ closed on Tuesday, May 8, after three days of buying, networking, glamour and evening entertainment. 

The trade event surpassed its attendance goals, with a total of 3,829 visitors across the three days, up from 2,927 last year. Among those visitors were diamond professionals, buyers and members of the press from 50 countries, including India, Hong Kong, Japan, China, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, the U.S. and the United Kingdom. 

Despite this year-on-year growth from the inaugural edition in 2017, Carat+ understands the need to widen its scope and will now introduce further initiatives to encourage more retailers, designers, brands and buyers to attend in 2019. 

More than 2,400 visitors attended the inaugural day of Carat+ 2018 and Carat+ Night alone, signaling this as a new, not-to-be-missed social event in the annual Antwerp diamond sector calendar. 

Sharing his opinions on the show, Rapaport publisher John Costello said: “This show is a beacon of light for the diamond industry in Europe. To have such a stunning platform for diamonds and a show dedicated to the beauty of diamonds is very important to the trade, and it is something that Rapaport is very proud to be associated with. We will do all we can to help promote and develop the show, and this year we have seen a step-up from last year – it is still a very young show and it has years to develop, but this is an excellent start.” 

He added: “The show has done amazingly well in a short period. It needs the support of the industry to succeed, so please come and join a wonderful, innovative show in 2019.” 

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Sachiv Mehta, managing director of first-time exhibitor Supergems, said: “We enjoyed participating in a high-quality show with a support team that’s always finding new ideas to keep visitors and exhibitors engaged.” 

Similarly, Mahiar Borhanjoo, managing director of Venus Jewel International, a first-time exhibitor to the show, said: “The passion behind the organizers to make something great has been noticed. We appreciate the hard work and efforts the Carat+ team put in to make this show happen.” 

HRD Antwerp Marketing and Communications Manager Laurence Vadenborre added: “The first experience for HRD Antwerp at Carat+ was very positive. The organisation of the fair was of a top-level, as well as the communication around it. We enjoyed success at our booth, both for our grading service and for the demos of our new equipment. We felt supported by the Carat+ team throughout this exciting journey and we will be very happy to take part in the next edition.” 

Carat+ 2018 also featured an impressive array of technology for the diamond industry. Chris Sanger, trade development manager at IIDGR De Beers, said: “We had a great experience at the Carat+ show, which continues to grow as an important event in the calendar. Many people were interested in our diamond detection instruments and adding this technology to the glamour of Carat+ made for an interesting mix. We look forward to the 2019 event.” 

Returning exhibitors noticed a clear difference in the number of visitors and the overall atmosphere of the second edition, with eponymous exhibitor Roberto Coin commenting: “I have strongly enjoyed being a promoter of the second edition of Carat+. Today fairs are very difficult, but they are a precious chance to meet international clientele and bring [them] inside your world. I consider Antwerp a beautiful city and its diamonds are even better. I think Carat+ could be the platform for [the city’s] future.” 

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Similarly, Camilla Jackson, international marketing manager of Amin Luxury, which exhibited at Carat+ for the second time with the Niro Group, commented: “This is our second year at Carat+ and we are fortunate to be able to compare one year to the next. We have certainly seen a greater volume of interest and enquiries in our loose diamonds; the Niru Group collection and in our joint venture of the Leonardo Da Vinci Cut collection. 

“We travel the world to all the big fairs, JCK, Hong Kong and Vicenzaoro, and we are finding that Carat+ has an approach that is very futurist and appealing; from the entertainment offered, which creates the ability to socialise with other exhibitors on the first night, and the condense length of the show that is enough to ensure high-quality meetings and maintain the sales team’s spirits. We are very happy with the show and look forward to learning of when next year’s show will be.”

Visitor engagement was aided by the Carat+ Conference, a series of talks hosted across all three days of the event, which drew healthy crowds. The success of the programme now points towards an expanded programme of seminars and lectures for the 2019 edition. This year’s speakers included representatives from GIA, Rapaport, HRD Antwerp, Holition and the Responsible Jewellery Council. 

GIA Senior Vice President of Business Development Anna Martin said: “On behalf of GIA, our congratulations to Carat+ for building such success in just two years. We are pleased to be part of that success, and we look forward to being even more a part of the Antwerp diamond community.” 

Carat+ 2018 Main Partner Antwerp World Diamond Centre hosted a hugely successful diamond hackathon, Hack4Diamonds, which concluded at Carat+ on Sunday, May 6. Hosted in collaboration with Junction, the event finale drew a packed crowd to the Carat+ conference room where teams presented their innovative ideas to tackle challenges in the diamond sector. 

The winning team presented fresh ideas on blockchain technology, while second place was awarded to a team proposing co-working spaces in the diamond sector. Read more about the winning Hack4Diamonds solution, here. 

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AWDC CEO Ari Epstein commented: “As the representative body of the world’s largest diamond hub, AWDC was proud to be a Main Partner of this prestigious second edition of Carat+. The increase in show attendance by industry stakeholders from around the globe, as well as the success of the very first diamond hackathon, once again confirmed Antwerp as the epicentre of the global diamond trade and the frontrunner when it comes to fostering innovation. We look forward to building further on this foundation in next year’s edition.” 

Carat+ will now begin preparations for its third edition in 2019, in-line with its long-term plan to achieve “The World’s Premier Diamond Event” status. 

Carat+ founder Filip Van Laere concluded: “This year, we achieved a number of significant long-term objectives way ahead of the initial planning. One such objective was to create world-wide awareness for Carat+ as a diamond-specific show with great potential, and I believe we ticked that box successfully in 2018. Now that the global format and all the organizational aspects of the show are fully under control, we can fully concentrate on bringing yet more visitors to experience Carat+. I would like to personally thank the whole Carat+ Team, the exhibitors, visitors and special guests who made the second edition of Carat+ such an enjoyable and worthwhile experience.” 

Carat+ has ambitions to become the reference in diamonds, offering an annual meeting place for buying, networking and debating the future of the diamond industry. Launched in 2017, the event attracted more than 3,000 visitors and 130 exhibitors in its first year. 

Partners and sponsors that joined Carat+ for the 2018 edition include Main Partner Antwerp World Diamond Centre, Diamond Partners ABN AMRO Belgium; security expert Brinks; insurance broker Driesassur; the Federation of Belgian Diamond Bourses (FBDB); the world’s foremost authority in gemology, GIA (Gemological Institute of America); industry media specialist Rapaport, and Event Partners motor company, Bentley; Brussels Airlines; champagne house Laurent-Perrier; Porsche Center Antwerp, and mobile camera security specialists, TowerEye. 

Carat+ will return in 2019 at Antwerp Expo in Antwerp, Belgium. For more information please visit caratplusantwerp.com or email info@caratplusantwerp.com

Watch The Carat+ Night 2018 After Movie here.

 

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Diamond Empowerment Fund Now Doing Business As Diamonds Do Good

The change will be celebrated at DDG’s signature event June 1 in Las Vegas.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK – Seizing on the simplicity, significance and resonance of its “Diamonds Do Good” tagline, the Diamond Empowerment Fund announced that it will evolve its business name to Diamonds Do Good. In keeping with the change, the non-profit organization has reimagined its logo and will be doing the same to its signature Las Vegas event held on the eve of the opening of the JCK Show.

Inspired by Nelson Mandela in 2007, over the past 12+ years the Diamond Empowerment Fund’s mission has supported programs that develop and empower people in diamond communities around the world. In recent years, its mission expanded to exemplify and tell the stories of the good that natural diamonds do for people in the communities where they’re mined, cut, polished, and sold. Those stories have resonated with consumers and the trade alike: consumers have a better image of the natural diamond industry, and are more interested in purchasing a natural diamond after reading the ‘do good’ stories hosted on diamondsdogood.com. Likewise, members of the industry now identify their own sustainability programs under the ‘do good’ banner and use #diamondsdogood in their social media outreach, further building on the message and ensuring that diamonds continue to be a source of sustained economic development around the world.

Having created and trademarked the Diamonds Do Good name in 2014, the organization will now identify itself under this moniker moving forward, and has rebranded itself with a fresh, new look to mark this evolution. It will be celebrated at DDG’s signature event June 1 in Las Vegas, as a reimagined evening and experience that draws the industry’s top global leaders.

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Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair to Be back in February 2020

Respond by February 14th, 2019 to get special free privilege for Trade Missions.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Apart from showcasing extravagant collections of jewelry and offering an international trading platform twice a year, the Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair has become a place where trust is established, and where business partners have turned into friends from long years of trading.

With quality products from manufacturers, traders and designers, lasting relations could be enhanced at the 65th edition of the Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair from February 25 to 29, 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand.

For the pre-registration form, click here. Email the form back at ttclausa@att.net or FAX: 323 466 1559.

Respond by February 14th, 2019 to get special free privilege for Trade Missions.

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Jewelers Mutual Donates $500,000 to Three Organizations in Charitable Campaign for 2019

The amounts donated to these organizations were based on votes by the company’s personal jewelry policyholders.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEENAH, WI — In honor of Giving Tuesday, Jewelers Mutual Group announced the culmination of its charitable campaign for 2019, resulting in $500,000 in donations to three deserving organizations. Funds were distributed this week to Feeding America, the Kids In Need Foundation and Special Olympics. The amounts donated to these organizations were based on votes by the company’s personal jewelry policyholders.

“It is important to have our policyholders be a part of our give back efforts because we share a mutual passion to help others in need. By encouraging them to vote, they made their voices heard, and were able to support the causes they are passionate about,” said Scott Murphy, Jewelers Mutual president and CEO. “Together, we really can do more, and we’re thrilled with the interest, engagement and the results this campaign has received both locally and on a national level.”

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More than 40,000 votes were made by Jewelers Mutual policyholders during the five-month voting period. Based on policyholder votes, Feeding America received $178,300, Kids In Need Foundation received $169,500, and Special Olympics received $147,200. Donations will also be made to Canadian organizations with similar missions.

How policyholders’ votes and corresponding Jewelers Mutual donations impacted the three organizations:

  • Feeding America
    The donation of $178,300 helps provide at least 1,783,000 meals.*
  • Kids In Need Foundation
    The donation of $169,395 supplies over 820 classrooms and 21,000 under-served students with supplies and resources. Additionally, Jewelers Mutual became the first national sponsor of GiftATeacher.org, a program which funds and provides enough school supplies to supply an entire classroom for a full semester.
  • Special Olympics
    The donation of $147,200 by Jewelers Mutual helped train approximately 2,450 Special Olympics athletes and provide a significant and life changing impact for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Jewelers Mutual encourages and supports its employees to be socially responsible and involved in their community. In addition to the dollars being donated, employees volunteered their time to assist all three organizations in 2019– sorting meals and stocking food for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, a member of the Feeding America network; taking part in the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics; and, packing and distributing 2,000 backpacks for the Kids In Need Foundation.

Jewelers Mutual looks forward to continuing its philanthropic pursuits in 2020 to support charitable organizations important to its employees and policyholders. For more information on how Jewelers Mutual gives back, visit JewelersMutual.com/social-responsibility and check out this video and infographic highlighting the past year.

*$1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks.

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