Thursday 16 January 2014

A.F. Vandevorst Diamond Boots To Be on Display at the Antwerp Diamond Fair

A.F. Vandevorst Diamond Boots To Be on Display at the Antwerp Diamond Fair

Written by: Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair.

These boots were made with 39 083 diamonds from Antwerp.

To be on display at the Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair on January 26th.

*Last December's Business of Design Week in Hong Kong was dedicated to Belgian creativity. One of the highlights of the Belgian Spirit Programme was the uncovering of a stunning pair of diamond boots, the result of a collaboration between Antwerp based companies Diarough/UNI-Design and A.F.Vandevorst.

Her Royal Highness the Queen of the Belgians and the Minister-President of the Government of Flanders Kris Peeters attended the unveiling of the diamond boots on December 4, 2013.

Flanders Investment & Trade, the Flemish government agency charged with promoting international business in Flanders and abroad, initiated the diamond-fashion project as the BoDW provided a unique opportunity to highlight some of Flanders' most famous industries.

Consequently, the Antwerp World Diamond Centre and Flanders Fashion Institute called upon the Antwerp diamond business community to come forward and support the project, by committing their diamonds, time and efforts to the project. It was Diarough, one of Antwerp's leading diamond firms that answered the call and joined hands with the internationally respected designer duo A.F.Vandevorst to shape the project.

An Vandevorst and Filip Arickx designed a pair of black leather ankle boots with a paisley pattern completely covered in 1,550 carats of natural fancy colored champagne, grey and pink diamonds from Diarough/UNI-Design. A team of highly skilled craftsmen at the Indian manufacturing plant of UNI-Design set all 39,083 diamonds on the boots.

For the A.F.Vandevorst cross-shaped logo, extremely rare, reddish-pink diamonds were used. The whole process, from designing the boots, producing them, selecting, sorting and shipping the diamonds to finally the actual setting of the diamonds on the boots took 30,000 man hours.

The boots are now for sale – price tag: $3.2 million.