The CEO talks – Why Turkey is the future of the diamond industry

The CEO talks

Why Turkey is the future of the diamond industry!

 

It’s good to be back in Istanbul. With HRD Antwerp, for the first time in history, we are present at ISJ, the Istanbul Jewellery Show. I promised a huge comeback and I think the message got through. After launching the 1st Turkish Jerwellery Night, bringing the HRD Design Awards finale to Istanbul in 2025, taking a central and prominent booth is a very natural next step.

Coming back to Istanbul is not just a comeback, it’s a strategic decision to invest in places that are, in my opinion, part of the future of the diamond industry. Our industry did not change, it got pulled upside down. Forget G7 sanctions, we are confronted with bigger challenges like LGD and the biggest one of all: the declining popularity of diamonds and jewellery with the next generations. We are competing with consumers that see their buying power shrinking and at the same time who desire to maximize their spending on experiencers, rather than material things.

The travel schedule of a diamond also changed drastically. The Middle-East is a surging market, not only in consumption, but also in production.  Istanbul is in the top 5 of manufacturers worldwide. With a certification business of 60 million dollars, 8,12 billion dollars in exported jewellery and a local jewellery market that exceeds 1 billion dollars, it’s hard to ignore that Turkey is becoming a jewellery powerhouse with double digit growth year on year. Turkey clearly plays a big part in the future of our industry.

HRD Antwerp always had a strong presence in Turkey. We stepped into a complete non-certified country, where local labs were too small too keep up with the technological innovation.  The market got swamped with fake stones, lab-grown diamonds pretending to be natural… it was total chaos. And although we left for a while, the consumer remembers our name and reputation. Lots of consumers are still thankful that through the certification of HRD Antwerp, they were saved of being possibly scammed or being afraid of ending up with jewellery worth less than what they paid for.

After we returned we saw many people returning with similar stories. It gives me great satisfaction that we prove once again our value. This time we come back with even more to give to the jewellery community.  HRD Antwerp and Turkey are entangled entities. We feel at home in Turkey and we are looking forward to a long and prosperous future together.

Ellen Joncheere

CEO HRD Antwerp

Natural Diamond Grading Report

An HRD Antwerp Natural Diamond Grading Report is an objective report that confirms a polished natural diamond’s authenticity and provides a detailed description of its key characteristics, the so- called 4Cs: Carat, Colour, Clarity and Cut.

Price List

Lab Standard Price

EXAMINATION

When registered in our lab, your diamond or jewellery will be thoroughly examined by our graders and will undergo the following steps:

WEIGHT

SCREENING

MEASUREMENT

FLUORESCENCE

COLOUR

CLARITY

CUT

The weight of a diamond is expressed in carats. One carat equals 0.2 grams or 100 points, which indicates the size. HRD Antwerp has extremely accurate scales that measure up to five figures after the decimal point.

The first step is to determine if your diamond is natural, laboratory-grown or treated. If a diamond does not pass the initial test, it will be directed to our research department to further determine its nature.

Your diamond is accurately measured in millimetres as mentioned below: minimum diameter – maximum diameter in mm x height in mm (example: 6.44 – 6.47 mm x 4.04 mm)

The fluorescence grade under long wave is mentioned in the report. For the “Natural Diamond Colour Grading Report” the fluorescence grade under short wave is also mentioned.

Most diamonds range in colour from colourless (‘D’) to tinted colour (‘Z’). The colour grade is determined by comparison with a series of master stones, the best grade being D.

All natural diamonds have traces of their growth history, which determines the diamond’s purity. In most gem-quality diamonds, these are minor internal characteristics or inclusions. The very best and rarest stones are graded ‘loupe clean’ or 'LC'.

A diamond’s cut is essential to its beauty and is a combination of craftsmanship and scientific knowledge. The right proportions, symmetry and polish create internal reflections that maximise a stone’s sparkle, brilliance and fire.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

Take advantage of our additional services to add value to your diamond. For more information and prices, please consult our price lists or contact our helpdesk via e-mail: diamondlab@hrdantwerp.com or +32 3 222 06 25

HEARTS & ARROWS DIAMONDS

LASER INSCRIPTION

SEALING

Hearts & Arrows diamonds are precisely cut round brilliants that, when examined using a special viewer, display eight hearts through the pavilion of the diamond (from below) and eight arrows through the crown of the diamond (from above). The appearance of the pattern is a strong indicator of a top-quality cut.

o inscribe diamonds with lasers, HRD Antwerp uses high-quality excimer shortwave technology. It cannot be seen with the naked eye and consequently does not affect the diamond’s physical appearance or value. Laser inscription can either be used to match your diamond and its corresponding grading report or to customise your diamond with a personalised message or logo.

Sealing guarantees that an issued grading report and the corresponding diamond belong together, and it keeps the diamond safe from oil and dirt. The HRD Antwerp sealing is tamper-proof.

Laboratory Grown Diamond Grading Report

Every diamond is tested to determine whether it is natural. If it is found to be laboratory grown, under disclosed conditions, we will issue a Laboratory Grown Diamond Grading Report, with this clear wording on the cover. Each laboratory grown diamond is laser inscribed with “LAB GROWN” and report number. The presence of the laser inscription is mentioned on the Grading Report, including a reference number and statement that the diamond has been laboratory grown. The same nomenclature as in a Natural Diamond Grading Report is used, with a detailed description of the 4Cs.

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Lab Standard Price

Antwerp Lab
India Lab
Dubai Lab

EXAMINATION

When registered in our lab, your diamond or jewellery will be thoroughly examined by our graders and will undergo the following steps:

WEIGHT

SCREENING

The weight of a diamond is expressed in carats. One carat equals 0.2 grams or 100 points, which indicates the size. HRD Antwerp has extremely accurate scales that measure up to five figures after the decimal point.

The first step is to determine if your diamond is natural, laboratory-grown or treated. If a diamond does not pass the initial test, it will be directed to our research department to further determine its nature.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

Take advantage of our additional services to add value to your diamond. For more information and prices, please consult our price lists or contact our helpdesk via e-mail: diamondlab@hrdantwerp.com or +32 3 222 06 25

Jewellery Report

Our laboratory has the knowledge and instruments needed to thoroughly analyse your jewellery. An HRD Antwerp Jewellery Report is an official document in which a jewellery item is authenticated for different purposes, such as insurance, inheritance or purchase. It can also be used to determine the market value of a jewel. These reports provide a general description of the jewel, the diamonds it contains and the precious metals of which it is made.

Price List

Lab Standard Price

EXAMINATION

When registered in our lab, your diamond or jewellery will be thoroughly examined by our graders and will undergo the following steps:

WEIGHT

SCREENING

The weight of a diamond is expressed in carats. One carat equals 0.2 grams or 100 points, which indicates the size. HRD Antwerp has extremely accurate scales that measure up to five figures after the decimal point.

The first step is to determine if your diamond is natural, laboratory-grown or treated. If a diamond does not pass the initial test, it will be directed to our research department to further determine its nature.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

Take advantage of our additional services to add value to your diamond. For more information and prices, please consult our price lists or contact our helpdesk via e-mail: diamondlab@hrdantwerp.com or +32 3 222 06 25

Natural Diamond Colour Grading Report

This grading report mentions the colour origin of your diamond and describes its colour characteristics, as well as its short- and long-wave luminescence.

Price List

Lab Standard Price

EXAMINATION

When registered in our lab, your diamond or jewellery will be thoroughly examined by our graders and will undergo the following steps:

WEIGHT

The weight of a diamond is expressed in carats. One carat equals 0.2 grams or 100 points, which indicates the size. HRD Antwerp has extremely accurate scales that measure up to five figures after the decimal point.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

Take advantage of our additional services to add value to your diamond. For more information and prices, please consult our price lists or contact our helpdesk via e-mail: diamondlab@hrdantwerp.com or +32 3 222 06 25

Natural Diamond Identification Report

A special, pared-down grading report exclusively for diamonds under 1.00 ct.

Price List

Lab Standard Price

Laboratory Grown Diamond Jewellery Report

Our laboratory has the knowledge and instruments needed to thoroughly analyse your jewellery.Every diamond of the jewellery piece is tested to determine whether it is natural or laboratory grown. If all diamonds set in the jewellery piece are found to be Laboratory Grown, under disclosed conditions, we will issue a Laboratory Grown Diamond Jewellery Report, with this clear wording on the cover. This report provides a general description of the jewellery, the laboratory grown diamonds it contains and the precious metals of which it is made.

Price List

Lab Standard Price

Jewellery Report (Compact)

A compact version of the jewellery report is available exclusively for jewellery containing less than 1.00 ct of diamonds (total weight)

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Lab Standard Price

Client Registration

Submitting your diamonds or jewels

Our online KYC client registration makes it easy for you to register as a client and submit your diamonds and jewels.

CLIENT KYC

DELEGATION FORM OR AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL FORM

PROFORMA INVOICE TEMPLATE

DIAMOND LIST FORM

JEWELLERY LIST FORM

MY HRD ANTWERP REGISTRATION FORM

CONSIGNMENT MEMO JEWELLERY

DELEGATION FORM OR AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL FORM

DIAMOND LIST FORM

JEWELLERY LIST FORM

MY HRD ANTWERP REGIUSTRATION FORM

CLIENT KYC

MY HRD ANTWERP REGISTRATION FORM

JEWELLERY LIST FORM

DELEGATION FORM OR AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL FORM

DIAMOND LIST FORM

CLIENT KYC

HRD CO-BRANDING PROGRAMME

If you are a diamond seller or retailer who wishes to personalize your grading reportS, The HRD Tailored Grading Programme offers endless possibilities when it comes to co-branding. We liste the most popular options below, and we are always happy to discuss any new ideas you might have.

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    A PERSONALIZED LOGO

    All of our diamond grading reports can be personalised with a logo of your choice.

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    A SPECIFIC DIAMOND DRAWING

    A custom diamond drawing can be implemented on the grading report in accordance with your specific shape

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    A SPECIFIC SHAPE NAME

    A specific shape name can be shown on the grading report, which refers to shapes that are registered or patented.

For more information about necessary registration documents and licenses, please contact the lab location where you have registered.

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