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Jewels Fiji founder Patel Becomes Certified Antwerp Diamond Broker

This means Patel can directly buy diamond from the world’s largest Diamond Quarter in Antwerp   The chief executive and founder of Jewels Fiji and gemologist, Romil Patel, is now
06 Oct 2016 14:15
Jewels Fiji founder Patel Becomes Certified Antwerp Diamond Broker
Founder and chief executive officer of Jewels Fiji exlpains how diamonds are catergorised at the Jewels Fiji Showroom yesterday. Photo:Litia Tikomailepanoni

This means Patel can directly buy diamond from the world’s largest Diamond Quarter in Antwerp

 

The chief executive and founder of Jewels Fiji and gemologist, Romil Patel, is now a certified Antwerp Diamond Broker.

This now means Mr Patel can directly buy diamond from the world’s largest Diamond Quarter in Antwerp.

This is indeed a milestone for the industry and follows Mr Patel’s return from Antwerp, Belgium.

Antwerp is a square mile in Belgium where almost billions of dollars of rough diamonds are cut and polished every day before being distributed in the wholesale and retail markets worldwide for sale.

As a result, Jewels Fiji, in another four weeks, will launch a new range of products which will be using the Antwerp diamonds in their Fijian made products.

“We already have a Fijian Made licence so we are starting to manufacture a bit in Fiji also,” Mr Patel said.

“It will be all done here but the diamond will be brought directly from Antwerp. We will also make customised jewellery for our customers.”

 

The passion

Mr Patel now becomes the country’s only certified Antwerp Diamond Broker in practice after the retired Boomerang Jewellers director Jayanti Lal.

It is his passion for diamonds that took Mr Patel to explore the next level of the industry which is direct dealing from the source.

Mr Patel spent one week of April in Antwerp meeting the diamond dealers and learning about the diamonds, categories and witnessing the cutting and polishing of the gems.

“Antwerp is where most of the diamonds are of the world pass through at some point of time from the rough form to the polish,” he said.

“The great thing about Antwerp is that most of the diamond dealers are there and you are buying direct.

“You are getting the best prices there and also you get the best selection. When we making a selection for the customer, would like to see a good range and then pick.”

This new privilege of Mr Patel will boost Jewels Fiji position in the industry.

Before opening his jewellery shop, Mr Patel first studied gemology and jewellery arts at Gemological Institute of America (GIA).

 

What next?

After receiving the privilege to directly access the diamond market in Antwerp, Mr Patel is headed to one of the world’s largest diamond mines, Jwaneng in Botswana and the Diamond Trading Company.

Mr Patel will be travelling with a group of other gemologists from other countries.

“I am excited and perhaps I will be the first one to tour the place from this country,” he said.

edited by: RACHNA LAL

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