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  • HRD Antwerp today launched its new diamond ID CARD: a highly affordable grading report for diamonds that weigh between 0.08 and 0.998 carats. "With this new product, we aim to bring a comprehensive solution to one of the diamond market’s main current challenges: ensuring confidence in small-sized diamonds," says Michel Janssens, CEO of HRD Antwerp.

  • Next week, on October 26, HRD Antwerp is planning to launch a brand new product that it says will be a revolutionary concept on the diamond grading landscape, the HRD Antwerp diamond ID Card for diamonds smaller than 1 carat. While the details have yet to be released, HRD Antwerp says their new product will help keep the European gemological lab at the cutting edge of diamond grading technology.

  • HRD Antwerp, Europe’s leading authority in diamond certification, released its new D-Scope+ at the Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair. “The D-Scope has been the indispensable analysis tool for all types of diamonds and gemstones since 2001. Our research and development team has worked very hard to further optimize every aspect of our microscope to create the D-Scope+. With this tool we now offer not only the best, but also the most innovative diamond analysis experience on the market”, said Michel Janssens, CEO of HRD Antwerp.

  • Last week HRD Antwerp, a leading diamond grading and certification lab, detected two stones fashioned to imitate rough diamonds in an apparent attempt to fool a trader. This following a similar discovery of two large topaz crystals, fashioned as rough imitators, in July. The two rough stones were submitted to the lab, and in this case the stones “felt” like rough diamonds, however the density measurement identified the imitations as moissanite.

  • Last week, a leading diamond grading and certification lab HRD Antwerp detected two large topaz stones fashioned to imitate rough diamonds in an apparent attempt to fool a trader. "Two large, near-colourless rough stones weighing 50.08 and 38.18 ct were submitted to our research department to determine their quality," HRD's statement reads. "The results indicated that the gemstones, believed to be diamonds, were actually topaz.

  • HRD Antwerp officially inaugurated its new lab & office premises in Mumbai on Tuesday April 25, joined by Belgium's Secretary of State for Foreign Trade Pieter De Crem. This expansion underscores HRD Antwerp's commitment to fundamentally strengthening the ties between the world's leading diamond trading center – Antwerp – and the Bharat Diamond Bourse - the world's largest diamond bourse. “HRD Antwerp started its activities in India back in 2012, to provide faster and more convenient service to Indian diamond companies”, explains Ravi Chhabria, Managing Director of HRD Antwerp India.

  • Representatives from the Antwerp diamond industry were on board today for Brussels Airlines' first official direct flight from Brussels to Mumbai, where HRD Antwerp diamond certification lab is opening its new, expanded offices and the Antwerp World Diamond Centre is holding an information session for the Indian banking sector. The diamond delegation is participating in a Belgian economic mission to India spearheaded by Secretary of State for Foreign Trade Pieter De Crem.

  • Signet Jewelers, as part of its effort to support and reinforce its Responsible Sourcing Protocol for Diamonds (D-SRSP), has been working on a project with product-testing firm United Laboratories and the Diamond Producers Association to create a facility for testing synthetic diamond screening equipment, writes Rapaport News.** The intention is to create an industry standard for such equipment so that, "su

  • The Antwerp diamond industry is readying to send a large delegation to the Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show next week, February 28 - March 4. The Antwerp Diamond Pavilion, organized by the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC), will host over 80 companies and occupy nearly 1,200 square meters of the Diamond Hall at the AsiaWorld-Expo. As an additional feature this year, exhibitors at the Antwerp Diamond Pavilion will have the opportunity to screen their diamond parcels using HRD Antwerp's

  • HRD Antwerp, the Antwerp based grading lab, officially opened a first Centre of Excellence in Shanghai, a concept that combines the strenghts of the grading lab and select retailers across the globe, aimed at increasing consumer confidence and knowledge by offering a true in-store experience.

  • From 11 through 14 December, the Antwerp World Diamond Centre and HRD Antwerp are participating in the City of Antwerp's economic mission to Seoul, South Korea, after which it heads to Shanghai. Highlights of the trip to Seoul include HRD Antwerp's announcement it will be offering bilingual diamond grading reports as of February 1, 2017, with the first reports available in English/Korean and English/Chinese. HRD Antwerp will gradually offer bilingual grading reports in other foreign languages over the course of the next year.

  • As announced last week, the Antwerp diamond bourses will make it possible for all its members to avail of HRD Antwerp screening technology at no cost. This initiative adds a second layer of confidence, as polished diamonds imported to Antwerp from India are already checked at AWDC's Diamond Office.

  • This afternoon, the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) hosted a forum organized by the Federation of Belgian Diamond Bourses (FBDB) to tackle the issue of undisclosed synthetic diamonds and address the legal and technical aspects concerning the disclosure of synthetic and treated natural diamonds.

  • HRD Antwerp has announced in a press statement that Peter Macken has been relieved of his duties as CEO as a result of differing strategic views. The decision was taken by mutual agreement and is effective immediately. HRD Antwerp’s Executive Committee thanked Mr. Macken for his services and wishes him all the best in his future endeavors and professional career. At the request of the HRD Antwerp Board of Directors, Mr. Ari Epstein, a statutory board member at HRD Antwerp and CEO of the Antwerp World Diamond Centre, has been appointed President of the HRD Antwerp Board of Directors.

  • The Antwerp World Diamond Centre’s “Diamond Pavilion” at the Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair today was the scene for the world premieres of two new initiatives: AWDC’s “Diamonds & Antwerp, It’s in our DNA” campaign, and HRD Antwerp’s rebranded diamond grading certificates.

  • HRD Antwerp has found grading discrepancies at the HRD Antwerp in Mumbai lab involving a limited number of diamonds which were submitted by one specific client. HRD Antwerp said in a statement that it maintains a continuous and rigorous system of internal controls. "As HRD Antwerp is adamant in upholding its excellent reputation in terms of quality, integrity and controls, the company has taken immediate and swift action. HRD Antwerp has filed an official complaint with the local authorities and legal action against all parties involved, both internally and externally, has been taken.

  • HRD Antwerp inaugurated its flagship store on 23 June 2016 in Paris. It is the result of an exclusive partnership between HRD Antwerp, Europe’s leading authority in diamond certification and selected retailers. Peter Macken, CEO HRD Antwerp, said: "HRD Antwerp is the leading authority when it comes to certification, education and equipment. We aim for perfection in everything we do, delivering the highest quality in all our products and services.

  • HRD Antwerp, Europe’s leading diamond certification authority, has inaugurated its new Mumbai office extension and launched a new melee diamond screening service. At the center of this service is M-Screen, the world's fastest automated melee screening device that screens round brilliant diamonds from 1 point to 20 points for potential lab grown diamonds, potential HPHT colour enhanced diamonds and simulants. The M-Screen automatically feeds, screens and sorts out round brilliant diamonds at a speed of minimum two diamonds per second (7,200 diamonds per hour).

  • Diamond grading and certification lab HRD Antwerp has launched a new track and trace feature so that clients can now track their diamonds throughout the grading process. This new functionality provides a complete overview of the whereabouts of the client's diamonds or jewels within the HRD Antwerp Diamond Lab. The feature is a new addition to "My HRD Antwerp", a secure, 24/7 online service that provides global access to the HRD Antwerp certificate archive and transit results.

  • HRD Antwerp Hong Kong has opened its new office in Kowloon, sharing the same premises as the Hong Kong Indian Diamond Association (HKIDA).

  • The contentious issue of certificates and the different labs decision-making standards on cut, angles and symmetry ratios could be aided by work taking place on defining the criteria that determine a diamond’s optimum performance when it comes to reflecting and transmitting light, writes Rahul Jauhari, the Commercial Director India for HRD Antwerp, in Gemkonnect. "Light performance could well be the one criterion that overrides all the other criteria when it comes to determining whether or not a diamond has been cut the very best way it could have been.

  • The Indian government on 30 March exempted from customs duty cut and polished diamonds imported by HRD Antwerp's Mumbai Diamond Institute for grading and re-export, taking the number of such entities enjoying the facility to four. In July last year, the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) had exempted from customs duties cut and polished diamonds imported for grading or certification and re-export by three laboratories and agencies.

  • HRD Antwerp and the Hong Kong Indian Diamond Association (HKIDA) recently signed an agreement on an exclusive diamond-screening service using the M-Screen. The M-Screen is “the world’s fastest melee-screening device available today,” HRD Antwerp said. The new service will offer the screening of parcels – with a minimum total weight of 10 carats – of melee-sized diamonds from 1 to 20 points and colours D-J straight from HKIDA’s premises in Kowloon.

  • Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) Chairman Praveenshankar Pandya and Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB) President Anoop Mehta strongly reiterated at the opening of the Diamond Detection Expo & Symposium in Mumbai that the Indian diamond industry is totally committed to preventing the undisclosed mixing of synthetic diamonds in order to maintain consumer confidence in natural diamonds. Pandya announced that the industry would be forming a Natural Diamond Monitoring Committee (NDMC) in Surat along the lines of the similar body it has set up in Mumbai.

  • HRD Antwerp CEO Peter Macken speaks about the work of the Antwerp lab and the services it offers, as well as some of the issues affecting the diamond industry. Macken states that, "As consumer demand for diamonds is forecasted to grow in the years ahead, undisclosed synthetic diamonds entering the market remains a challenge for traders and consumers alike. It therefore is very important that all lab-grown diamonds can be identified by a professional lab. It is the diamond industry’s responsibility to ensure the consumer is never misled. We at HRD Antwerp take this task to heart."

  • Leading global gem labs and machinery manufacturers will exhibit their technology and equipment for the detection of synthetic diamonds at the Diamond Detection Expo & Symposium (DDES 2015) next month. There will also be seminars and panel discussions featuring experts and trade members. DDES 2015 is being organized by The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) and the Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB) and takes place on December 15-16 at the BDB in Mumbai.

  • Tomoko Kodera (Japan) won first prize and $10,000 at the recent 17th edition of the HRD Antwerp's International Diamond Jewelry design competition, "A la carte: A Culinary Diamond Journey". It is internationally recognized as one of the world's most important jewelry design competitions, its goal being to inspire and promote creativity in the design of contemporary diamond jewelry and extend the limits of modern diamond jewel and avant-garde ideas.

  • The 16th edition of the HRD Awards, a biennial international diamond jewelry design competition, will hold its grand finale in Antwerp on October 29. The contest, which this time had as its theme 'À la Carte – A Culinary Journey,' is open to designers from all over the world. The interpretation of the theme is critical to the entry’s success, and the jewelry item must contain at least 1 carat of diamonds. The finale event will feature 29 exclusive diamond creations by international top designers.

  • HRD Antwerp recently examined a 3.09-carat CVD lab-grown diamond. It was the first time that a CVD synthetic diamond of such a size was seen at the lab. CVD (Chemical Vapour Deposition) is a technique where diamonds are grown in a specially developed growing chamber using a carbon rich gas.

  • The Antwerp World Diamond Centre’s “Diamond Power Sessions” made waves on the largest stage in the diamond and jewelry industry – the Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair. More than 150 buyers crowded into the Antwerp Diamond Pavilion to hear the latest industry insights from Antwerp diamond experts on September 17 & 18, and the buzz was palpable. The sessions included presentations on marketing to Millennials, by AWDC Communications Manager Karen Rentmeesters, a presentation by HRD Antwerp’s Chief Education Officer Dr. Katrien De Corte, entitled “The Real Deal: Laboratory Grown vs.

  • Diamond certification laboratory HRD Antwerp has announced that it will be unveiling a new Automated Melee Screening Device, known as M-Screen, at the Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair. The device, developed in a collaborative effort between the Scientific and Technical Research Center for Diamond (WTOCD) and HRD Antwerp, promises to provide ‘a super-fast table-top automatic melee screener' for commercial use.

  • HRD Antwerp announces that Madrid based GEMACYT Gemmological Laboratory, an independent, private company specialised in the certification of precious stones and jewelry, has officially been appointed HRD Antwerp Partner. For over twenty years, HRD Antwerp and GEMACYT have been working together closely whereby GEMACYT operated as an official sales agent for HRD Antwerp’s gemmology courses & equipment, and functioned as a drop-off point for diamonds and diamond jewelry to be certified in the HRD Antwerp Diamond lab.

  • In a business update, HRD Antwerp cautions that it recently came across (near-) colourless lab grown diamonds featuring octahedral and other “natural” shapes instead of the the typical cubo-octahedral shape seen with diamonds produced by HPHT (High Pressure High Temperature) and the characteristic plate structure of diamonds produced by CVD (Chemical Vapour Deposition).

  • HRD Antwerp has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Damiani Group, the leading company in the Italian manufacturing and trade sector of jewelry and high level luxury watches. “The fact that Damiani has chosen HRD Antwerp as its preferred supplier for diamond certification holds significant weight within the jewelry industry and greatly contributes to promoting the Antwerp Diamond Heritage throughout the world,” said Marc Descheemaecker, an Independent Member of the HRD Antwerp Board of Directors.

  • HRD Antwerp has appointed Peter Macken to become its new CEO starting on June 1. Macken is currently CEO of technology group Irmaco nv, and will combine his role at HRD on a part-time basis with his current positions, before starting on a full time basis at the end of August.