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July 31, 2019

On the 6th of October, the VOKA Open Bedrijvendag (Flanders’ Chambers of Commerce and Industry Open Company Day) will take place. It is the biggest one-day event in Flanders where hundreds of companies open their doors to the public for a special behind-the-scenes visi...

May 13, 2019

The Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) and Ars Nobilis, Belgium's - only - umbrella organization for the country's jewelry manufacturing and retail sectors, announced they will "join forces."

AWDC explained in an email that "the members of Ars Nobilis will be able to...

February 22, 2019

The AWDC reported that currently, Mexico mainly imports polished diamonds from the United States. This Royal Mission is therefore an apt opportunity to promote the Antwerp diamond trade in Mexico and to encourage Mexican diamond traders to purchase their diamonds from...

February 6, 2019

The Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) reported that diamond trading was balanced in 2018, with imports and exports of rough and polished in line with the year-earlier figures.

Exports of polished goods were down 4.5% on the year in volume terms to 4.79 million carats,...

November 6, 2018

The Antwerp World Diamond Centre and the Alibaba Group have signed an exclusive partnership to offer Antwerp certified diamonds to Chinese consumers via Alibaba’s B2C marketplace, Tmall.

The cooperation agreement was signed in the framework of the first China Internatio...

June 6, 2018

Belgium’s polished diamond exports increased by 5% in May, according to data from the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC).

Polished exports rose 5.0% on the year in May to $1.12 billion, with a rise of almost 4% in carat terms.

Increases were more modest in the January-M...

June 6, 2018

João Lourenço, the President of the world’s fifth largest diamond-producing country, Angola, today paid a ceremonious visit to the world’s largest diamond trade center, Antwerp - his first visit to an international diamond trade hub.

In what was initially described as...

May 16, 2018

The so-called "Carat Tax", the institutionalized tax regime which the Belgian federal government implemented for the Belgian diamond trade in tax year 2016, yielded significantly higher revenues in 2017 than expected, according to Belgian newspapers De Standaard and Ga...

May 8, 2018

The Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC), together with Junction Innovation this past weekend organized a three-day and two-night hackathon, the first of its kind called Hack4Diamonds.

The teams gathered on Friday evening to get hacking, and applied their innovative & t...

May 8, 2018

Belgium’s polished-diamond exports dropped in April, according to data from the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC). 

Polished exports decreased 7% year on year to $728.2 million but, by volume, rose 3% to 389,218 carats. The average price went down 10% to $1,871 per...

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