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HRD Antwerp organises 'Diamond Night' in Madrid

Photo: Mr Heraclio Besada, CEO Gemacyt

On Wednesday June 8th, HRD Antwerp organised a “Diamond Night” at the Belgian embassy in Madrid  to officially celebrate its newfound alliance with the Spanish gemmological laboratory, GEMACYT. The event gathered both government officials and leading Spanish diamond and jewellery companies.

GEMACYT Gemmological Laboratory, an independent, private company specialised in the certification of precious stones and jewellery, has officially been appointed HRD Antwerp Partner in 2015. For over twenty years, HRD Antwerp and GEMACYT have been working together closely whereby GEMACYT operated as an official sales agent for HRD Antwerp’s gemmology courses and equipment and functioned as a drop-off point for diamonds and diamond jewellery to be certified in the HRD Antwerp Diamond lab.

After successfully completing a full in-house training on jewellery certification by HRD Antwerp’s expert gemmologists, GEMACYT was accredited a full partnership concerning Jewellery certification. This means that as of September 2015, the GEMACYT lab in Madrid has been able to certify diamond jewellery and issue Diamond Jewellery Reports on behalf of HRD Antwerp.

Belgium Ambassador in Spain, HE Mr Pierre Labouverie, joined the celebration and underlined the significance of Antwerp as the world diamond capital. “Good evidence of this is the skill of diamond cutters in Antwerp, who keep ancient traditions alive through the most modern techniques” Mr Labouverie said.

“HRD Antwerp and GEMACYT have been working together for a long time now so looking at the positive evolution since the official instatement of GEMACYT as an HRD Antwerp Partner, we’re  really excited to see this relationship has now evolved in a succesfull partnership” explains Peter Macken, CEO HRD Antwerp.

An HRD Antwerp Jewellery Report is an official document in which a jewellery item is authenticated for different purposes such as among other insurance or appraisal. The report provides a general description of the jewel, the diamonds it contains and the precious metals of which it is made.
GEMACYT Gemmological Laboratory is an independent, private company based in Madrid whose activity is the certification of precious stones and jewellery. It has been servicing both the professional jewellery sector and individuals in Spain since 1991. For more information visit

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