One of the world’s most premier diamond events has enhanced the splendour of its upcoming event by signing a deal with British actress and model Elizabeth Hurley.

Organisers of Carat+ have announced that Hurley will take on the role of show ambassador and special guest for 2018 event in May.

The iconic film and TV star will open the Carat+ evening show on Sunday, May 6, before meeting exhibitors and discovering the loose diamonds, diamond jewellery and coloured gemstones on display.


In 2017, which was the event’s inaugural year, Carat+ Night welcomed more than 1,800 industry professionals for an evening of networking, informal business and entertainment.

As the star of the event, Hurley will follow in the footsteps of Carat+ 2017 ambassador, model and former ‘Bond Girl’, Caterina Murino.

Founder and event director, Filip Van Laere, said: “[Hurley’s] iconic beauty, glamorous sense of style and talents reflect the sparkle of the diamond and diamond jewellery industries, making her the perfect choice to be the face of our event.

“Just as Caterina Murino wowed the attendees of CARAT+ Night in 2017, we are confident that Elizabeth will do the same in May.”

Partners and sponsors joining Carat+ for the 2018 edition include Main Partners Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) and the Federation of Belgian Diamond Bourses (FBDB); plus, Dutch bank ABN AMRO; motor company, Bentley; security expert Brinks; Brussels Airlines; insurance