With one week to go until the opening of Sixth Edition of the Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair), the organizers are completing the last preparations before Antwerp's diamond quarter will be welcoming the many hundreds of buyers who have registered for the fair.
On Sunday, February 1, the doors of the Antwerp Diamond Bourse, the Diamond Club of Antwerp and Antwerp's Rough Diamond Bourse will open, offering visiting buyers access to the show booths of more than 90 of Antwerp's leading diamond firms, which will be displaying a truly dazzling choice of diamonds, in all sizes, quantities, prices and qualities.
"Advance registration will start on Saturday afternoon, January 31, at the Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel," Nicole Decombes, member of the organizing committee said. "From Sunday morning and onward, registration will continue in the lobby of the Kring, at Hoveniersstraat 2, the main street of the diamond quarter. This year, the visitor identification tags will also include a head-and-shoulder shot of the visitors," she continued.
A highlight of the three-day event's programme is the "Antwerp Diamond Night" offered by the AWDC on Sunday night. On Monday February 2, the diamond consultant and author Marijan Dundek of Graff, London, will talk about "The Magic World of Diamonds" during his breakfast meeting seminar, at the Radisson Blue Astrid. The breakfast seminar of Tuesday morning will feature Dr. Katrien De Corte, Chief Officer of Education at HRD, who will present an overview of the latest developments in diamond grading and identification.
As has become tradition, during the fair lunch is served in the restaurants of all three trading halls. "The ADTF is the world's only by-invitation-only trade fair for diamonds," Ms. Decombes said. "We do our best to make sure that once our guests arrive, they are taken well care of, so that they can concentrate on what they come to do: business, in a warm, secure and welcoming environment!" Outside the halls, however, it will be cold as during the fair days temperatures will hover around the freezing point.
Invitations to the ADTF can be obtained directly from the organizers, either through referral by one of the ADTF exhibitors, or through registering on the website of the Fair at www.antwerpdiamondfair.com.
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