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8th Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair launched

30 january 2017

Following tradition, during the last three days of January, Antwerp's diamond quarter became an international exhibition venue that hosts the annual BrilliAnt - the Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair.
By noon time of Sunday, January 29th, hundreds of retail jewelers, jewellery manufacturers, and other diamond buying visitors were making their way into the halls of the Antwerp Diamond Bourse and Diamond Club of Antwerp to participate in the eighth edition of the fair.
Among the buyers attending the fair are delegations from Japan, China, and the Middle East. No less than 95 exhibitors offer diamonds in all possible sizes, qualities and shapes, as well as coloured gemstones and a wide array of industry services.
One of the highlights of the fair's special exhibits is the “Eden of Coronet” guitar. Its design was inspired by nature and was created with the efforts of a partnership between Aaron Shum, Coronet, Chow Fai Took, Gibson Guitar as well as songwriter and designer Mark Lui. The masterpiece adorned with over 400 carats of Coronet® diamonds, set in approximately 1.6 kg of 18K white gold, was awarded a Guinness World Records™ title for the Most Valuable Guitar in 2015 and has been valued at US$2 million.

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The BrilliAnt seminar programme began with a well-attended presentation by the World Diamond Mark entitled 'Driving traffic to retailers - the World Diamond Mark® Model.' The WDM offered a preview of the WDM's new consumer oriented website and programmes and demonstrated how it uses digital marketing channels as the most effective and affordable marketing tools to reach consumers and drive traffic to retail jewellers.
BrilliAnt - the Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair is a joint initiative of the Bourse, Club and the Antwerp Diamond Kring, and is powered by the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC).

Alex Shishlo, Editor of the Rough&Polished European Bureau in Brussels