Publicity portrait of Tom Moses, senior vice president of the GIA Laboratory and Research, New York.

One of the world’s premier diamond events has enhanced the splendour of its upcoming forum by unveiling an industry figurehead as one of the keynote speakers.

Carat+ has announced that GIA (Gemological Institute of America) executive vice president and chief laboratory and research officer, Tom Moses, will speak at a GIA GemFest during the 2018 edition in May.

GIA will participate at CARAT+ 2018 in Antwerp, Belgium from May 6 to 8, offering information about GIA’s research programs, educational offerings, and gemological laboratory services and instruments.


Moses will deliver a speech on the second day of the show, May 7 at 4pm. While GIA exhibits at the show, which is entering its second year, it will also offer a raft of live demonstrations at its booth.

“I am pleased to represent GIA for our inaugural participation in Carat +,” said Moses. “This opportunity to present information about GIA’s instruments, education programs and gem identification and grading services serves our mission of ensuring the public trust in gems and jewellery.”

Carat+ founder and event director, Filip Van Laere, comments: “[Moses’] GIA GemFest talk will no doubt offer insightful information to all our exhibitors and visitors, alongside the other fantastic speakers who are taking part in our refreshed programme of content. This commitment to engaging insights, networking and entertainment is what makes CARAT+ a true diamond destination, not just in Europe, but for the wider world.”

Launched in 2017, the event attracted more than 3,000 visitors and 130 exhibitors in its first year alone.