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World Diamond Mark and HRD Antwerp presented seminar during Vicenzaoro Dubai

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“Setting Nature’s Wonders Apart - Natural diamonds versus synthetics”

The World Diamond Mark Foundation (WDM), in cooperation with HRD Antwerp Istanbul, have held a seminar entitled “Setting Nature’s Wonders Apart - Natural diamonds versus synthetics” during the VICENZAORO DUBAI (VOD) fair which ran from April 14th to 16th, 2016, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 

The presentation was part of a series of WDM-HRD Antwerp Retailer Seminars that WDM and HRD Antwerp are presenting at international trade shows. The seminar in Dubai took place on Friday, April 15, at 11.00 a.m. at the Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Saeed Hall, VOD Conference Room. The speakers were Alex Popov, Chairman and CEO of the World Diamond Mark; and Mehmet Can Özdemir, General Manager HRD Antwerp Istanbul.

“During the past months, too much has been said and written about synthetic diamonds and we have talked too little about the product that unites all who make a living in the diamond and jewellery business: natural diamonds,” Popov noted. “Therefore, we cannot lose sight of natural diamonds as one of the most important elements that create consumer desire and enthusiasm for jewellery!”  

“In Dubai, at VICENZAORO DUBAI (VOD) 2016, the seminar that highlighted the unique and ancient origin of natural diamonds, setting them off against synthetic stones, which can be made, rather easily, in a factory,” Popov continued. 

“What was shown, among other, that due to the lack of control in the distribution of synthetic rough, these stones end up in the hands of unsavory elements that are largely responsible for the - undisclosed - mixing of synthetic stones into parcels of mostly small natural diamonds, and as such are causing significant reputational damage to our industry, throughout the supply pipeline”. 

Popov emphasized that as a legitimate product, synthetic diamonds are no threat to our industry, but that “as long as the synthetic diamond producers don’t get their houses in order, we will continue to see a lot of animosity towards synthetics. 

In his presentation, Mehmet Can Özdemir, General Manager HRD Antwerp Istanbul, presented the latest updates on the identification methods of synthetic stones, and offer jewellers practical advice as what to look out for when inspecting diamonds.  

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