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- EverCarat, the first global diamonds trading platform powered by blockchain technology and exchange system to launch in Hong Kong
Guests of honour at the EverCarat launch ceremony:
Guests of honour, co-founders and shareholders of AssetOnChain toasted at the EverCarat launch ceremony.
GIA double-verified investment grade diamonds trading on EverCarat.
(Hong Kong, 14 November 2018) - AssetOnChain (AOC) today launched EverCarat, the world's first global diamonds trading platform powered by blockchain and exchange technology. Hong Kong is EverCarat’s inaugural global marketplace for physically settled diamonds, where origin, ownership and transaction of diamonds are fully traceable and recorded by emerging blockchain technology, to provide a complete, accurate and transparent digital ledger that cannot be edited. Buyers and sellers can trade physical diamonds conveniently, economically and securely round the year, as easy as trading traditional assets such as gold or currencies.
The launch ceremony was officiated by Rico Tang, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AOC; Raymond Wong, Head of Investment, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation; Paul Pong, Chairman at the Institute of Financial Technologists of Asia and Zulu Sureshkumar Ghevriya, founding member of the Hong Kong Indian Diamond Association.
EverCarat also allows investors to leverage the immense opportunity the diamond investment and trading market has to offer. The global trading volume of polished diamonds has reached USD25 billion. In 2017, demand from the China market (including Hong Kong and Macau) contributed to 16% of the diamond market, making it the second-largest market in the world, underpinning the city’s advantages to develop a trading centre for diamonds as a new asset. Investment-grade diamonds' high store value, low volatility and low correlation with other asset classes make them an ideal asset allocation tool. Meanwhile, Hong Kong’s simple tax system and sophisticated financial infrastructure, also allows dealers to trade diamonds conveniently and at a relatively low cost.
Rico Tang, Founder and CEO of AssetOnChain, said: “EverCarat is a blockchain-backed fully digital trading platform which ensures investors trade diamonds in a transparent and secure environment. The latest blockchain technology it employs is key to building public trust in investment in diamonds. Indeed, the entire journey from suppliers, through verification, physical custody to delivery is now highly transparent.”
Raymond Wong, Head of Investment at HKSTP said, “The launch of EverCarat in Hong Kong is another success of our ‘Incu-Tech’ Programme. AssetOnChain was selected as our incubatee in January 2018. We were impressed by its management team and unique business model, the first start-up in Hong Kong to apply blockchain technology in the trading of physical diamonds. As an international financial centre, Hong Kong is well-positioned to develop into a global diamond trading hub, and the innovation and technology sector has an important role to play in supporting such transformation. By leveraging and developing the latest blockchain technology, we are seeing stronger synergy of cross-industry collaboration, which is critical in driving the growth of a more robust fintech ecosystem and innovative finance sector.”
Paul Pong, Chairman at the Institute of Financial Technologists of Asia, commented: “Diamonds offer unique advantages in the protection of wealth especially during periods of high market volatility. The enhanced price transparency, liquidity and product standardization provided by EverCarat enables investors to trade diamonds as easily as they can trade gold and stocks.”
Targeting the 1.4 million high net worth population in Greater China, EverCarat will officially go live on 14 November 2018. Only GIA double-verified investment grade diamonds (top-5 colour and clarity) will trade with a transparent bid/ask price to match global sellers and buyers. EverCarat uses the latest DLT (distributed ledger technology) of blockchain to trace diamond DNA and trade records.
* AssetOnChain Technology Ltd is an incubatee of HKSTP’s Incubation Programme. The press release is issued by HKSTP on behalf of the company.