Antwerp Diamond Fair Offers Great Variety

Diamond-buying jewelers visiting the Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair will get a genuine taste of the unequalled variety of diamonds that the Antwerp diamond market has to offer, says Ari Epstein, the CEO of the Antwerp World Diamond Centre, chief sponsor of the Fair.

"Antwerp is the world's leading diamond trading center. However, my colleagues and I continue to meet members of the jewelry trade who may have done business with Antwerp-based diamond firms, but have not yet visited Antwerp itself, and therefore have not had a chance to truly experience the powerhouse that our diamond center constitutes," Epstein said.

"With the establishment of the Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair in 2010, the Antwerp diamond business community took yet another step to lower the financial threshold for our companies to exhibit and Antwerp now has its very own, exclusive, by-invitation-only, diamond trade show. This event has proved its pulling power and is held annually, in the city's diamond quarter itself, in the trading halls of three of our bourses." he added.

The ADTF, a joint initiative of the Antwerp Diamond Bourse, the Diamond Club of Antwerp and the Antwerp Diamond Kring exchanges, is held on the bourses' diamond trading floors which are converted into three elegantly designed exhibition spaces for the event. They host around 90 of Antwerp's leading diamond manufacturing and trading firms, which will be displaying a very wide variety of polished diamonds.

The sixth edition of the ADTF will open its doors on Sunday, February 1, and close on Tuesday, February 3. The date of the ADTF was carefully selected to fit in with those of other prestigious jewelry industry events in the region and thus enable visitors to the ADTF to plan their itineraries effectively. 

Invited first-time diamond buyers are offered three free nights at the ADTF venue hotel. All approved buyers receive daily invitations to lunches, ADTF dinners and social events. 


The Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair is powered by the Antwerp World Diamond Centre.

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Diamond Empowerment Fund Honors Jane Seymour, David Rocha

The Diamond Empowerment Fund will honor Jane Seymour, an accomplished actress, artist, jewelry designer, and philanthropist and Jewelers for Children including its highly respected executive director David Rocha at its fourth annual GOOD Awards to be held January 8, 2015 at the Empire Penthouse Lounge in New York City.

Seymour, Jewelers for Children and Rocha are being honored for their global leadership and making a positive difference in the lives of countless youth and communities around the world.

The Diamond Empowerment Fund established the GOOD Awards in 2012 to recognize individuals, organizations, and corporations in the diamond and jewelry industry for outstanding leadership in the areas of global good corporate citizenship, sustainability and promoting opportunity in diamond communities.

Jane Seymour, a true renaissance woman, is an Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning actress for her role as “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” among other performances. 

She is known in the jewelry world for her successful ‘Open Hearts’ Collection of jewelry.

Seymour is also the co-founder of the ‘Open Hearts Foundation’ whose mission is to positively impact lives in the area of health, education, arts and sports.

“It is an honor that the Diamond Empowerment Fund has chosen to recognize the work that I’ve done with my Open Hearts Foundation where we focus on organizations and individuals who turn adversity into an opportunity to serve others” says Ms. Seymour. 

David Rocha has been the driving force behind the diamond and jewelry industry supported ‘Jewelers for Children’ (JFC) organization. 

JFC’s mission is to help children in need. Since its founding by the U.S. jewelry industry in 1999, over 45 million dollars has been donated to organizations including Make-A-Wish and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as well as relief efforts following hurricane Katrina, the Asian tsunami, and the earthquake in Japan. Mr. Rocha, who has led the organization for the past 10 years says, “the impact the jewelry industry has made on the lives of countless children around the world inspires me every day”. 

Phyllis Bergman, President of the Diamond Empowerment Fund, says, “we are thrilled to honor the exemplary achievements of Jane Seymour and David Rocha & Jewelers for Children”. 


For a limited time, D.E.F will be offering an early pricing special on two tickets. Visit for more information on tickets, journal ads and sponsorship packages. 

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Top Prize in ArtCarved Contest is $5,000 Ring

ArtCarved has launched a “Put A Ring On It” contest where one entrant will win an ArtCarved engagement ring or a pair of wedding bands valued at $5,000.


“ArtCarved is all about the big moments, small moments and all moments in between,” said Mai-Ning Thayer, Vice President, Brand Management. “Giving people a platform to share their special moment and a chance to win their dream ring is really motivating.”


Through October 31, 2014, couples (or individuals) can visit their nearest ArtCarved retailer and try on an ArtCarved ring of their choice. Using their mobile device, they take a selfie of their hand wearing the ring and visit to complete the entry form and upload their photo with brief caption.


Entrants are encouraged to share their entry picture online with friends, family and online social communities and ask them to vote. The entry with the most votes wins an ArtCarved engagement ring or a pair of ArtCarved wedding bands valued at $5,000.  


ArtCarved is also giving their sales associates an opportunity to win up to $500. Entrants can include their sales associate’s name and store name on the entry form. The top 10 sales associates with the most entries win a $250 Visa Gift Card. The sales associate whose name is on the winning consumer entry wins a $250 Visa Gift Card.


The winner of the ArtCarved “Put A Ring On It” contest will be announced mid-November.


For contest details and official rules, go to

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Hong Kong Jewelry and Accessories Show Underway

Asia’s Fashion Jewellery & Accessories Fair is up and running in Hong Kong through September 18.

The exhibitors, covering more than 11,000 square metres of exhibition space, come from 15 countries and regions, namely, mainland China, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong and Taiwan regions.

The robust attendance from overseas participants confirms the fair’s status in the international markets.

Moreover, the fair also features a stellar line-up of attractions. Five group pavilions from mainland China, India, Korea, the Philippines and Taiwan region gather at AWE offering a wide variety of quality yet competitively priced products to buyers. Meanwhile, this year the bigger Stainless Steel Jewellery Pavilion will house over 40 quality exhibitors.

“9FJ has grown to become an ideal marketplace for buyers from around the world to preview trends for the coming Spring/Summer. Thanks to the overwhelming trust and support from the industry. 413 quality suppliers are now ready to unveil their latest products,” said Celine Lau, director of Jewellery Fairs at UBM Asia Ltd.

9FJ will be held alongside the world’s biggest fine jewellery fair, the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair. Visitors at 9FJ can explore more business opportunities in one trip.

For the convenience of exhibitors and visitors, the organiser has arranged a free continuous luxury bus service running directly from HKCEC, Tsim Sha Tsui and Tung Chung to AsiaWorld-Expo. 

Click here for detailed shuttle bus schedule and pick-up points.

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