A trusted name in the international rough diamond business.
Arslanian Frères is historically known as a pioneer in international rough diamond trading.
Headquartered in Antwerp, the world’s most important rough diamond trading centre, Arslanian Frères has been a trusted name for more than 60 years.
The Arslanian diamond history started in Paris in 1951 when Melanchton established Arslanian Frères and latter brought in his younger brother Haig. After an initial decade of rapid expansion, they decided on a strategic move to establish the company’s headquarters in Antwerp, the world’s diamond capital.
This visionary decision heralded a second period of growth which positioned Arslanian Frères as one of the world’s top 10 leading diamond companies.
Raffi Arslanian joined the company at a very young age in 1973 and launched the company on its next phase of expansion, establishing Arslanian Frères as an unrivalled powerhouse for rough diamond supplies.
By 1990, the company had become a leading reference in the Antwerp diamond district, symbolised by the inauguration of Arslanian House, the biggest commercial project in the Antwerp diamond square mile.
Continuing the company founder’s pioneering spirit, Raffi Arslanian set a new course for the business by further expanding the company’s rough diamond supply sources. Arslanian Frères has, for instance, built itself a leading position in Angola, which continues to develop into one of the leading diamond producing countries.
In 2013, the next generation of Arslanian diamantaires created a separate company, Arslanian Group, to carry on the legacy of the past into the future.
Rough diamond sourcing
Ever since the founding of Arslanian Frères back in the 1950’s, the company’s success has been based on its exceptional ability to source rough diamonds.
While the first generation of Arslanian Frères created an unrivalled network of rough diamond buying offices in Africa, the second generation created long-term contracts with the leading diamond miners in Russia and Africa.
The direct access to various rough diamond sources and the resulting, constant supply of various qualities of rough diamonds have been the key success factors in the company’s development.
Since its creation more than 60 years ago, Arslanian Frères has based its business on ethical principles of integrity, trust and responsible sourcing.
Diversity, social inclusion and generous charity have been part of the company’s governance since its inception.
In line with its commitment to international standards, Arslanian Frères was also one of the first members of the Responsible Jewellery Council and has been awarded multiple re-certifications since then.