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.