Monday, September 12, 2011
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Times Center
242 West 41st St, Manhattan, NY 10036

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The Rapaport International Diamond Conference (IDC) brought together the most important players in the diamond and jewelry industry with business experts, government officials, and civil society leaders to learn about and discuss the pressing issues of the day.

The IDC morning session, entitled “Luxury Jewelry,” focused on three hot topics- today's luxury consumer, the new auction market, and the latest in design and trends. The morning session featured Sotheby's jewelry experts, Lisa Hubbard, Chairman of North and South America, and Gary Schuler, Senior Specialist. They discussed how demand from a changing international clientele is impacting the market for large diamonds, gemstones and jewelry. Pam Danziger, founder of Unity Marketing and internationally recognized expert on consumer behavior, motivation and psychology, discussed changing consumer values and new marketing strategies. A panel discussion on design highlighted the latest jewelry trends in New York and internationally, and feature a glimpse into upcoming trends on the horizon.

The afternoon session, “Diamonds and Social Responsibility- Real Solutions to Real Problems", discussed ethical sourcing, one of the greatest challenges facing the diamond and jewelry industry. We discussed real and practical solutions to the problem of human rights violations in the jewelry supply chain and ongoing efforts to create legitimate and ethical supply chains. We discussed the establishment and implementation of industry-wide ethical standards, source certification and how government and industry can work together to address the needs of the artisanal mining sector.

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