Instead of reporting about two criteria - proportions and finish - the HRD Antwerp - Diamond Lab will now assess the diamond cut according to three criteria, being proportions, symmetry and polish. In addition, HRD Antwerp now introduces an ‘excellent’ cut grade on top of its very good quotation.
"We needed to adjust our system in order to meet the market demands, since diamond dealers felt there was a discrepancy in grading terminology between different diamond labs. The introduction of an excellent quotation does not imply that our very own very good grade will be downgraded. On the contrary, we have upgraded part of the top-level cuts which, before, would get a ‘very good grade", explains Georges Brys, General Manager of HRD Antwerp.
The HRD Antwerp cut grade is not a black box, as its system is fully transparent and consultable. The standards and criteria are checked with the diamond dealers and manufacturers and are based upon an optimal optical performance. But most of all, the entire system is founded on extensive research on hundreds of thousands of diamonds.
The new cut grade will be operational as of January 1st, 2009.
HRD Antwerp holds a symposium on its HRD Antwerp Cut Grade on July 17, 2008 at 5 pm at its premises. For more information, contact Ms Veerle Van Esbroeck at - Registration is required.
A service of the Antwerp Facets News Service (AFNS).