Rapaport Press Release
To include 'Martin Rapaport on Diamond Prices' and Fair Trade Conference
RAPAPORT... PRESS RELEASE, February 17, 2010: The Rapaport Group is pleased to announce a special presentation: “Martin Rapaport on Diamond Prices.” The presentation will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 19, 2010 in the Montreal Hall at the Basel Congress Center in Basel, Switzerland.

The Annual Rapaport Fair Trade Jewelry Conference – Baselworld will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the same venue. The Fair Trade Conference will address the issue of human rights and the jewelry industry, with a special focus on what the diamond and jewelry industry can and should do about the situation in Marange, Zimbabwe. There will also be important discussions about industry initiatives designed to establish responsible jewelry practices and Fair Trade jewelry.

The conference is being sponsored by the Rapaport Group. Participation is free and open to all. RSVP to basel@rapaport.com.

Martin Rapaport will be making the following additional presentations in February and March 2010:

Bangkok - February 26, 2010, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
RSVP: thailand@rapaport.com 

Hong Kong - March 7, 2010, 11:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
RSVP: hongkong@rapaport.com  

Additional information about Rapaport events is available at www.diamonds.net/events.  

About the Rapaport Group: The Rapaport Group is an international network of companies providing value-added services that support the development of free, fair and competitive global diamond markets. Established in 1978, the Rapaport Diamond Report is the primary source of diamond price and market information. Group activities include publishing, research and marketing services, Internet information and diamond trading networks, global rough and polished diamond tenders, diamond certification, quality control, shipping and financial services. Major activities of the group include RapNet, the world’s largest diamond trading network, which offers daily online diamond listings of over $4 billion and has more than 4,400 members in 80 countries. Additional activities include the development of markets for Fair Trade diamonds and jewelry. The Rapaport Group maintains offices in Las Vegas, New York, Antwerp, Tel Aviv, Dubai, Mumbai, Surat, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Additional information is available at www.diamonds.net.

About Rapaport Fair Trade: The Rapaport Group is committed to the development of Fair Trade diamond, gold and jewelry products and markets. We believe that Fair Trade jewelry can and should be a catalyst for the alleviation of poverty in the artisanal mining sector and the creation of jobs for severely disadvantaged communities. The Group supports the development of Fair Trade cooperatives and small business units in West Africa, Fair Made jewelry efforts in South Africa and the establishment of viable Fair Trade standards by the international jewelry trade. Rapaport Fair Trade abides by the following four fair trade principles: • Fair Wages • Community Benefit • Do No Harm • Independent Monitoring. Information is available at http://www.diamonds.net/fairtrade/.

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