Rapaport Breakfast, Fair Trade and Certification Conferences
Sunday, June 1, 2014: Mandalay Bay, South Seas & Banyan Ballrooms

Minister Mokaila

Minister Mokaila

Rapaport Breakfast
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
South Seas Ballroom, Level 3

Get the inside story about diamond markets. The Rapaport annual State of the Diamond Industry presentation will give you the strategic insights you need to understand the outlook for demand and supply, as well as a forecast of diamond prices going into the Christmas season. Find out what you need to know to maximize your diamond profits.

This year’s Rapaport Breakfast will feature brief presentations from the honorable Onkokame Kitso Mokaila, Botswana’s Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, and Vipul Shah Chairman of India’s Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council. Botswana is the world’s largest producer of rough diamonds and India is the world’s largest diamond manufacturing country.

Martin Rapaport

Martin Rapaport

Martin Rapaport’s annual “State of the Diamond Industry” address at the breakfast will focus on “The Last 18 Inches” highlighting the vital importance of retail jewelers who move diamonds across the 18 inch jewelry counter to the consumer. He will highlight the strategic challenges and opportunities facing jewelers while providing practical suggestions of what jewelers can and should do to improve their business.

Rapaport Certification Conference
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Banyan B Meeting Room, Level 3

The Rapaport Certification Conference, now in its 5th year, explores the current state of diamond certification and grading laboratories. This conference is a rare opportunity to delve into the nuances and standards of grading used within the industry. Join us for a lively discussion with insights from RapNet – the market for certified diamonds and the Rapaport Information Services Division.

Rapaport Fair Trade Jewelry Conference
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Banyan B Meeting Room, Level 3

Leading organizations and members of the jewelry industry will be meeting to discuss what can and should be done to improve social responsibility in the diamond and jewelry trade.

Issues to be discussed will include:
What can be done to improve social responsibility in the diamond and jewelry trade? How can jewelers ensure that the legitimacy of the products they sell? How can the numerous international organizations working on social responsibility cooperate and harmonize their activities? What role can and should Chain of Custody standards play in ensuring the legitimacy of jewelry products?

This is your opportunity to learn about what you can do to ensure the legitimacy of your supply chain and develop strategies that will help you increase your business with socially conscious consumers.

We are pleased to announce that Vipul Shah, Chairman of the Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council of India (GJEPC) will be addressing the group for the first time.

Panelists will include:
Moti Besser, Israel Diamond Exchange
Ruben Bindra, American Gem Trade Association
David Bonaparte, Jewelers of America
David Bouffard, Signet Jewelers
Eric Braunwart, Columbia Gem House
Gaetano Cavalieri, CIBJO – The World Jewellery Confederation
Douglas Hucker, American Gem Trade Association
Ngomesia Mayer-Kechom, Diamond Development Initiative International
Christina Miller, Ethical Metalsmiths
Kenneth Porter, Alliance for Responsible Mining
Martin Rapaport, Rapaport Group
Vipul Shah, Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council
Ronnie Vanderlinden, World Diamond Council, IDMA, DMIA