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22 february 2012

Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) intends to open in China a center for the sale of diamonds and to develop cooperation with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China in order to strengthen its presence in China and the region as a whole, AWDC CEO Ari Epstein.
In his view, China in 2016 to become the largest consumer of diamonds, surpassing the U.S., radio station Contact reports.
At present, China ranks second in the list of the world's largest consumer of diamonds. Demand for them has grown for the past few years due to rapid economic growth in China.
Epstein explained that most Chinese consider the diamond jewelry as a traditional wedding gift, but there are many who buy gems for multiplying their capital.
In 2011 in Hong Kong and mainland China has been sold a quarter of all exported from Antwerp diamonds worth $ 5 billion.
The share of Antwerp now account for 80% of sales of rough diamonds and more than 50% of diamond sales. The diamond business directly and indirectly provides income to 34 thousand inhabitants of Antwerp.

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