The second edition of The World’s Premier Diamond Event, CARAT+, will open at the Antwerp Expo Belgium on May 6, introducing new show features and welcoming leading industry professionals from across the globe. Launched for the first time in 2017, CARAT+ won the praise of exhibitors and visitors alike with its glamorous trade show floor and 130 leading exhibitors from 13 countries. The debut attracted 3,000 visitors from 33 global markets, highlighting its unique industry concept and appeal among diamond specialists. Its location in Antwerp, the world’s capital of diamonds, makes CARAT+ a must-attend show for diamond wholesalers, jewelry manufacturers, brand representatives, fine jewelry designers, buyers and retailers looking for a mix of loose diamonds and finished jewelry, the organzation states in a press release.
New for 2018 is a curated Coloured Gemstones Sector and a dedicated China ‘Guest Land’, bringing leading Chinese manufacturers and professionals from the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE) to the heart of Europe. This will culminate in a CARAT+ China Night evening event on 8 May at Antwerp’s iconic Havenhuis (Port House), famously designed by British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid. This carefully curated new show feature will host world-renowned exhibitors, offering a vast array of loose coloured gemstones, gemstone sets, fantasy cuts, carvings and show-stopping stones for astute buyers, retailers and designer jewellers. With exhibitor numbers tightly controlled to ensure impeccable quality. The Coloured Gemstones Sector will add an extra dimension to CARAT+ while maintaining its reputation as the only specialist diamond event in the iconic city of Antwerp.
Event founder and director, Filip Van Laere, says: "The diamond business has been through a lot of challenges and changes over the past 15 years, and it is my belief that the sector needs an innovative, exciting and attractive focal point to express itself with confidence and pride. After all, diamonds are still the most glamorous luxury item in the world. The next edition of CARAT+ will fill this niche and present a fantastic opportunity to buy, network and engage with the global diamond industry. Conveniently timed between Baselworld and JCK Las Vegas, CARAT+ is a not-to-be-missed event at the heart of Europe’s most prominent diamond centre: Antwerp." He adds: “Feedback from visitors in 2017 revealed that a selection of leading coloured gemstone specialists would support buyers and retailers looking to fulfil specific customer requests, bespoke designs or new collection requirements. Now, more than ever, CARAT+ is the only trade-only buying platform to bring the best in diamonds, diamond jewelry and coloured gems to the iconic city of Antwerp.”