About Martin Rapaport
Martin Rapaport began his career
in the diamond industry in 1975 as an apprentice diamond cleaver in Antwerp Belgium.
In 1978, he established the Rapaport Diamond Report, the primary source of diamond
price and market information. In 1980, he created RapNet – The Rapaport Network,
the first and world’s largest electronic diamond trading network. RapNet currently
provides daily diamond listings of 930,000 diamonds worth over $6.2 billion dollars.
It has over 7,000 members of the diamond trade in 80 countries.
The Rapaport Group provides diamond grading and certification services with GIA
Lab Direct services in India, Israel and Belgium. The Group’s trading division operates
rough and polished diamond tenders and provides international clearing house services
providing guaranteed cash transactions, consolidated shipping and quality control
services. The Group employs 180 employees with ten offices in the U.S., Belgium,
Israel, India, Dubai, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
The Rapaport Group is a primary advocate of free, fair, efficient and competitive
diamond markets. Martin Rapaport played an integral part in the establishment of
the Kimberley Process. He is a strong advocate of diamonds for development, an ethical
diamond trade, and the establishment of a Fair Trade Jewelry sector that will improve
the lives of millions of impoverished artisanal diggers, diamond cutters and jewelry
Memberships include: Jewelers for Children Charity Fund (Director) U.S. Diamond
Manufacturers and Importers Association, New York Diamond Dealers Club (Director
1984-1990), Israel Diamond Exchange, Israel Diamond Manufacturers Association. Belgium
Diamond Bourse, Indian gem and Jewelry Promotion Council, Dubai Diamond Exchange,
Jewelers Vigilence Committee, Jewelers of America, Diamond Federation of Hong Kong.
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