Strong turnout at Antwerp Diamond Trade fair
ANTWERP, February 2015 – High-profile buyers such as Jodie and Nicholas Wainwright from Boodles, and David Marshall, who has a Mayfair boutique, visited the February 1-3 Antwerp Diamond Trade fair (ADTF).
Boodles, who have showrooms in the UK and Ireland, and David Marshall have been regular visitors to the Antwerp diamond fair over the years.
Hong Kong and Macau-based artist-jeweller Wallace Chan, a first-time visitor to the Antwerp fair, said he had been impressed by two purplish pink diamonds and one 20-carat yellow diamond, a re-cut old stone which touched his heart.
Artist-jeweller Wallace Chan, visiting ADTF 2015
Buyers were very specific about what they wanted to acquire from suppliers, dealers said.
Market conditions are tough among diamond dealers due to a combination of subdued polished prices and high rough prices.
Enquiries for natural colour stones were brisk at the fair.
View of Antwerp, February 2015
A dealer at exhibitor Diarough talked of buoyant enquiries for rounds and fancy colours, including rare pinks and blues.
Retail buyers and suppliers spoke of demand for a greater variety of diamond cuts at this year’s sixth edition of the fair.
Berit Hertz of long-established Danish retailer P. HERTZ said brilliant-cut diamonds are at the heart of P.HERTZ’s offering to its loyal customer base, and now the jeweller is looking to expand its range of cuts.
Berit Hertz of Danish retailer P. HERTZ visiting ADTF 2015
ADTF is a valuable opportunity for networking in the diamond industry.
Hundreds of delegates braved freezing weather to attend the Venice-themed Gala dinner in central Antwerp on the evening of February 1.