Rapaport Press Release

RAPAPORT... PRESS RELEASE, April 15, 2015... Martin Rapaport, the chairman of the Rapaport Group, will present a one-hour talk titled “Ethical Challenges and Opportunities in the Diamond and Jewelry Industry” at the annual American Gem Society Conclave in New Orleans. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, April 22 at 3:45 p.m. at the New Orleans Marriot Hotel.

A jeweler’s most vital asset is the trust and confidence of their customers and community. Maintaining that trust while serving socially-conscious consumers and competitively sourcing diamonds, gems and jewelry from a global supply chain is no easy task. Jewelers that ensure legitimate sourcing while honestly representing the quality of what they sell, create “ethical added value” that should be communicated to customers and incorporated into their brand.

“The jewelry trade has the opportunity and obligation to improve the lives of millions of people by ensuring the legitimacy of the products we buy. The emotional investment and social value that consumers attribute to jewelry are highly dependent upon the ethical integrity of the product. Our industry must support ethical trading policies and procedures that ensure the long-term position of jewelry as the ultimate emotional gift,” said Rapaport.

For additional information, please contact: media@diamonds.net
U.S. -- Sherri Hendricks +1-702-893-9400
International -- Lisa Miller +1-718-521-4976

About the Rapaport Group: The Rapaport Group is an international network of companies providing added value services that support the development of fair, transparent, competitive and efficient diamond and jewelry markets. Established in 1978, the Rapaport Magazine is the primary source of diamond price and market information. Group activities include Rapaport Information Services providing research, analysis and news; RapNet – the world's largest diamond trading network; Rapaport Laboratory Services provides GIA gemological services in India, Belgium and Israel; and Rapaport Trading and Auction Services specializing in recycled diamonds and jewelry. The Group supports over 20,000 clients in 118 countries and employs 200 people with offices in New York, Las Vegas, Antwerp, Ramat Gan, Mumbai, Surat, Dubai and Hong Kong. Additional information is available at www.Diamonds.net.

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