Between October 2017 and February 2018 the Antwerp diamond industry is celebrating its 570th anniversary. A document recently discovered in the City Archives refers to the first signs of a diamond trade in 1447. To celebrate the unique history and position of Antwerp as the Diamond Capital various activities and festivities will be held for the residents of Antwerp, its visitors and the diamond industry. Art projects, a food festival, a photo competition and many more promise the make it a brimming period.
To celebrate the kick-off the AWDC has served 57 birthday cakes - one for each decade of diamonds in Antwerp. Read more
IGC Group - Belgian excellence in diamonds
Five generations of diamond expertise have underpinned the success of one of the world's oldest diamond firms. Jacques Claes, assisted by his father Frans Claes, a diamond cutter, established the company in 1912.
A major milestone in IGC Group’s history was the establishment of a large polishing factory in Thailand in 1980. Since then, two more factories have joined the group: one in Laos in 1999 and another in Botswana in 2007.
Known all over the world for its finest make, IGC Group is a strategic diamond partner for the Swiss watch industry, high-end retailers and jewellery manufacturers worldwide.