Some 2,400 industry professionals attended the first day of the specialized diamond trade fair, CARAT+, opened ceremoniously by model and actress Elizabeth Hurley in Antwerp on Sunday, followed by a surprise parade of vintage cars crusing through the show. The number of visitors easily surpassed expectations for only the second edition of the trade show, the organizers said. It will provide a welcome boost to the Antwerp diamond industry during sluggish trading period, and the Bonas Polished Diamond Tender during the show, featuring 163 lots with a total weight of more than 1,700 carats, should raise the trading profile of the event.
Elizabeth Hurley wore Cascade collection jewels by CARAT+ exhibitor Roberto Coin, and was led on a guided tour of the show floor after cutting the ceremonial ribbon, visiting leading exhibitors and discovering some of the most exceptional diamonds, fancy color diamonds and colored gemstones on display. CARAT+ Event Director Filip Van Laere said: “The second edition of CARAT+ has so far been a phenomenal success and I look forward to seeing how the rest of our show progresses. I would like to thank the wonderful Elizabeth Hurley, all our exhibitors, visitors, special guests and team members who made CARAT+ Night the talk of Antwerp and the entire diamond sector.”
The Bentley Diamond
In a special CARAT+ promotion, Antwerp-based diamond specialist, Pluczenik, has presented the Bentley Diamond – a 29.64ct stone that includes a Bentley Continental Convertible within the sale price. The D-colour VVS1 Type IIA diamond, which is GIA certified, is on sale for US $4.5 million. Pluczenik Global Marketing Director, Derek R Palmer, said: “All men love Bentleys and all women love diamonds, so why not let both be winners? Pluczenik is a world-famous diamantaire and we are collaborating with Bentley to give the best of both worlds to our customers.”