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HRD Antwerp Launches Bilingual Grading Reports

Dec 13, 2016 11:06 AM   By Rapaport News
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HRD Antwerp will become the first grading laboratory to offer diamond reports in two languages, the company said as Antwerp officials participated in a trade mission to Korea.

The lab will launch bilingual reports in English and Korean, as well as in English and Chinese, from February 1 next year. HRD said it will offer the reports in additional foreign languages over the course of 2017.

Diamond reports already exist in Chinese, but this is the first time that one report will be offered in two languages anywhere in the world, HRD claimed.

The trade mission to Seoul this week is being attended by Bart De Wever, the mayor of Antwerp, and representatives from the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC). The visit, which aims to promoted the Antwerp diamond trade in the region, features networking events and the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Korea Jeweller Confederation Association to explore collaboration opportunities.

“The South Korean market represents great opportunities and our presence here today is just a first step in what will undoubtedly become a mutually beneficial relationship,” said Ari Epstein, who serves both as chaiman of HRD and CEO of the AWDC (pictured).

As part of the program, HRD has donated to the Korean industry an M-Screen+ device for screening round polished diamonds between 0.005 carats and 0.10 carats.

Image: Wouter Hagens
Tags: Antwerp, Antwerp World Diamond Centre, Ari Epstein, Bart De Wever, diamond grading, grading, grading reports, HRD Antwerp, korea, Korea Jeweller Confederation Association, Rapaport News
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