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Success of the Third Edition of Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair

01 february 2012

A diverse range of polished diamonds was presented at the third edition of Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair (ADTF) held on January 29-31 in Antwerp, Belgium.
Diamantaires from Europe, Middle East and Asia who visited this exclusive event available by personal invitation only and held in the city on the Schelde for the third consecutive year, have enjoyed a unique opportunity to purchase polished diamonds at competitive prices.
A total of 65 diamond companies, including such renowned players as IGC Group, Pluczenik Diamond Co, Rosy Blue, Taché, Trau Bros presented their products during the fair organized by Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) and hosted by Diamond Bourse (Beurs voor Diamanthandel) and Diamond Club of Antwerp.
All of the exhibitors provided their customers with premium class services, including prompt and safe delivery of goods.
Although Rough&Polished did not get information on the total number of transactions concluded at the fair, it is reported that cash was not accepted in order to ensure transparency and security of transactions.
ADTF's Organizing Committee stated that about 250-300 buyers, including delegations from Russia, Ukraine, Lebanon, UAE, India and Thailand came to Antwerp this year.
"A visit to the fair in Antwerp has been a great opportunity for me which enabled me to purchase excellent polished diamonds and establish business contacts. In addition to that I have seen this wonderful city that has a 500-year diamond history," - one of the visitors of the fair told Rough&Polished.
According to a statement by ADTF organizers, buyers from North America, China and South-East Asia would be invited to take part in the 2013 fair.
At present time Antwerp accounts for 80% of sales of rough diamonds and over 50% of polished diamond sales. Diamond business directly and indirectly ensures income of 34 thousand inhabitants of Antwerp.

Alexander Shaburkin and Alex Shishlo, Rough&Polished from Antwerp