CARAT+ pre-show registrations climb 50% for second edition
May 2018 – CARAT+, the Antwerp loose diamonds, diamond jewellery and gemstones fair, has seen a 50% increase in the number of diamond professionals registering for its second edition throughout April, compared to the same month in 2017.
The promising data also reveal that individuals from more than 51 countries have registered to attend, including leading figures from prominent diamond centres across the globe.
CARAT+ Event Director, Filip Van Laere, said: “We are thrilled to see such a large increase in the number of diamond sector professionals registering to join us in Antwerp from May 6-8, 2018. We know that the diamond industry wants a targeted, professional and carefully curated trade event that speaks to its specific business requirements, and we believe CARAT+ offers this and more.
“April was a fantastic month for registrations, and I encourage those who haven’t done so to register now to attend CARAT+.”
This year, CARAT+ will introduce and host a range of special features that cement its status as The World’s Premier Diamond Event:
The Coloured Gemstones Sector
This carefully curated show feature hosts world-renowned exhibitors, offering a vast array of loose coloured gemstones, gemstone sets, fantasy cuts, carvings and show-stopping stones.
By invitation only, the exclusive and highly-anticipated CARAT+ Night event will take place on the opening evening of CARAT+ 2018.
Glamorous British actress and model, Elizabeth Hurley, will be a special guest at the event.
Executive Vice President and Chief Laboratory and Research Officer, Tom Moses, will speak at a GIA GemFest on the second day of CARAT+.
GIA will also be offering live demonstrations of its GIA iD100TM gem testing device throughout the show.
Bonas Polished Diamond Tender
Exhibitors and visitors are invited to participate in a special Bonas Polished Diamond Tender, to be held at CARAT+ from Sunday, May 6 to Tuesday, May 8. The tender will present a broad range of white polished diamonds of various sizes, qualities and shapes; from melee parcels to certified singles and exclusive large special stones.
IGI MiniLab CARAT+ exhibitor International Gemological Institute (IGI) will host a MiniLab at CARAT+ 2018, allowing fellow exhibitors and visitors the chance to have their diamonds certified at Antwerp Expo.
Reports will be given the next day or sent by mail.
Speakers and Seminars
Collectively known as the CARAT+ Conference 2018, there will be a range of talks taking place across all three days in the Conference Room in Hall 1 at Antwerp Expo.
Jonathan Chippindale, Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Holition, will kickstart proceedings on Sunday, May 6, followed by Edward Johnson, Director of Business Development at the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC); Avi Krawitz, Senior Analyst and News Editor at Rapaport; Chief Officer of HRD Antwerp’s Diamond Lab & Research, Ans Anthonis and HRD Antwerp’s Chief Officer of Education & Industry, Katrien De Corte.
Elsewhere, CARAT+ Main Partner AWDC (Antwerp World Diamond Centre) will present an immersive 360° film in the Antwerp Diamond Experience Dome on the CARAT+ show floor, as well as the results of its inaugural Hack4Diamonds event on Sunday May 6.
To find out more details, including times and locations, please visit: www.caratplusantwerp.com/visitors-info/whats-on