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Antwerp and Kobe


With summer in the Northern Hemisphere around the corner, and just weeks away from the mega-jewelry trade fairs in Las Vegas and Hong Kong, JCK Las Vegas and the June Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Show, two other important shows will take place in May, in Antwerp, Belgium, and Kobe, Japan. MID House of Diamonds will have a prominent presence at both events.

CARAT+, which will take place in Antwerp from May 6 through May 8, is the second edition of the Belgian trade fair that has been billed at the primary international show dedicated exclusively to the loose diamond and diamond jewelry trades.

MID House of Diamonds will exhibit at CARAT+ at the Antwerp Expo, in Hall 4, Stand 4B-20. Visitors to the show can pre-arrange meetings at the MID booth by contacting the company’s offices in Belgium, telephone: +32-3-231-2626, email: [email protected].

Participants at the evening event, which highlighted the first edition of the diamond-exclusive CARAT+ trade show in Antwerp, Belgium, in 2017.

The opening of the International Jewellery Kobe show in 2016. As Japan’s most important mid-year jewelry show, the event expects to welcome 13,000 visitors from across Japan and Asia in 2018.

According to its organizer, Artexis Easyfairs, during the premiere edition of CARAT+ last year, some 2,927 industry professionals from 29 countries visited the event, with entry restricted only to members of the trade. Some 116 companies from 13 countries exhibited loose diamonds, branded and non-branded diamond jewelry, as well as offering diamonds and diamond jewelry industry-related services. This year the numbers are expected to grow.

An evening event during the first edition of CARAT+ was electrified by the presence of Italian actress Caterina Murino, who played the sultry Solange Dimitrios in the 2006 spy thriller Casino Royale, becoming the 71st member of the Bond Girl Club. This year the organizers hope to repeat the excitement, with the celebrity guest being Elizabeth Hurley, the renowned British actress and model.

Considered Japan’s most important mid-year jewelry show and the country’s second largest jewelry event after the January fair in Tokyo, the International Jewellery Kobe (IJK) show will take place this year for the 22nd time, from May 16 through May 18. It is organized by Reed Exhibitions Japan.

MID House of Diamonds will exhibit at IJK 2018 at the Kobe International Exhibition Hall, Booth B7-25. Visitors to the show can pre-arrange meetings at the MID booth by contacting the company’s offices in Japan, telephone: +81-3-4520-8085, email:[email protected].

With 580 exhibitors and some 13,000 buyers expected, the Kobe show caters not only to Western Japan, but also to the entire country and a large number of professional buyers from across Asia.

Traditionally recognized as the center of the world pearl industry, over the years Kobe has expanded its involvement into all sectors of the gemstone and jewelry trades, and the IJK show features an an extensive array of finished jewelry, pearls and gemstones, including loose polished diamonds.

MID House of Diamonds’ booths at both the CARAT+ and International Jewellery Kobe shows will feature a large collection of white and fancy-colored loose diamonds, including blue, pink, green and yellow, in all shapes and sizes from 0.30 carats to plus-10.00 carats. All eight of the company’s international sales offices will be sending much of their top-quality material to the shows, among them a selection of rare GIA certified loose diamonds. Also on exhibition will be a collection of unique, high-end diamond jewelry, including rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings, featuring white and fancy-colored diamonds.

Visitors to the Antwerp and Kobe shows are invited to discover what MID is offering by way of the company’s new MID HOUSE OF DIAMONDS APP. Designed for smartphones and tablet computers using the Apple IOS and Android operating systems, it has been created especially to meet the needs of the professional diamond trader, tapping into the massive global inventory of merchandise of one of the world’s largest diamond suppliers. It is is a fully-functional ordering system.  Users are able to conduct detailed searches for specific loose diamonds, receive real-time responses, visually examine the stones and relevant grading reports, view prices and place orders and requests. During shows at which MID exhibits, it will provide information about booth location, directions and live updates.

The new MID HOUSE OF DIAMONDS APP can be downloaded free of charge from the Apple and Google Play stores.