Who we are
We are a group of diamond experts with a heart for Antwerp. The rarity of the rough gems Mother Nature produces is our source of fascination. Our raison d’être is to increase the value of these precious stones. All our passion, skill and knowledge is laser-focused on achieving this goal.
Antwerp, home of diamonds, is located on the banks of the river Scheldt. With a population of more than 520,000 people, it is the second largest metropolitan area in Belgium. The Port of Antwerp has always given the city great economic weight for its size.
It all started when traders shipped diamonds found in India to Europe. Initially transported via Venice to the Port of Bruges, these precious gems started to arrive at the Port of Antwerp after Bruges became inaccessible.
Antwerp earned its reputation as the world’s Diamond Capital because of its unparalleled craftsmanship. Its artisans were world leaders in polishing the rare rough stones into the brilliant gems we cherish today.
Antwerp is the world’s leading diamond trade center, with more than 86% of all rough diamonds traded in the city.
HB Antwerp combines the latest technology with groundbreaking partnerships to redefine the way diamonds are sourced, processed and traded.
When you do business with HB Antwerp, rest assured that your diamonds are mined in safe and sustainable conditions. You will know where they are polished and who is polishing them. We equip our master craftsmen with state-of-the-art technology to maximize the yield and precision of each diamond we cut. HB Antwerp conducts each and every phase of this process, in Antwerp. And we use blockchain-based track-and-trace technology to back up this claim.
Michael Jordan once said: “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.”
It is precisely this philosophy, this spirit of collaboration and shared interests that HB Antwerp introduces to the international diamond industry. We call it HB Ecosystem: a whole greater than the sum of its individual parts.
HB Ecosystem is an ecosystem in which numerous partners – from tech companies to jewelry brands, diamond producers to software companies and universities – work together and exchange their knowledge and experience.
All of our partners commit to a spirit of openness. The latest technological innovations enable us to provide complete confidence in our product and create substantial added value.