Rapaport Press Release
Rapaport to Celebrate 30 Year Anniversary at Rapaport International Diamond Conference
September 8, 2008 – Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York
January 29 2008, New York - The Rapaport Group is pleased to announce that the annual Rapaport International Diamond Conference (IDC) will take place Monday, September 8, 2008 in the grand ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York. This year’s conference theme will be “Diamonds: 2010 – The Next Decade.”

Speakers will discuss the future outlook of the diamond industry with an emphasis on the economic, demographic and political factors globalizing diamond demand and their impact on diamond prices. Topics will include diamond finance, rough supply, manufacturing, commoditization and fair trade jewelry. A special presentation will be made in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Rapaport Diamond Report. As we have done at all previous conferences, all proceeds from the conference will be donated to charity. This year’s beneficiaries will be Jewelers for Children and the newly founded Fair Trade Diamond and Jewelry Association.

“This year’s Rapaport International Diamond Conference will be very powerful, important and special as we make a supreme effort to address the future of the global diamond community and industry. As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, we thank all of our friends and supporters and invite them to participate in an exciting and special day devoted to the sharing of ideas and knowledge”, said Martin Rapaport, Chairman of the Rapaport Group.

For additional information please email: IDC@diamonds.net.

Media Contacts:
Sherri Hendricks,       sherri@diamonds.net,       +1-702-893-9400
Julia Landau               Julia@diamonds.net         +1-646-419-4031

About the Rapaport International Diamond Conference (IDC): The Rapaport International Diamond Conference (IDC), held annually in New York City, attracts the best and brightest members of the diamond and jewelry industry as well as leading government officials, bankers, financial consultants, analysts and NGO’s. The conference format includes a review of the global diamond mining, manufacturing, retailing, marketing and finance sectors. Each IDC has a special theme which in previous years has included synthetic diamonds and corporate responsibility. This theme for 2008 will be will be “Diamonds: 2010 – The Next Decade.” Additionally we will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Rapaport Diamond Report. All conference proceeds are donated to charity.

About the Rapaport Group: The Rapaport Group is an international network of companies providing added value 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 prices 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, compliance, shipping, and financial services. Major activities of the group include the development of markets for Fair Trade Diamonds and Jewelry as well as the creation of diamond futures markets. Additional information is available at www.diamonds.net.

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