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‘Diamonds Do Good’ Awards See Record Results

Jun 7, 2018 8:44 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... The Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF) said it hosted its most successful award show to date, raising funds to provide higher education to youth in diamond-producing countries.

The event’s new Balloons For Good appeal, which was emceed by awards chair and Hearts on Fire president Caryl Capeci and JCK news director Rob Bates, helped the group raise additional capital.

The DEF’s goal is to urge those in the diamond industry to give back to the community at large. Recipients of the group’s Diamonds Do Good awards included De Beers CEO Bruce Cleaver, who was honored for promoting the professional advancement of women.

“Advancing women is an industry-wide issue,” Cleaver said. “We all have an interest in strengthening the sector by making it more diverse, in making sure the benefits that diamonds can have are felt in the communities from which they come.”

Also honored at the event was the government of the Northwest Territories of Canada, for responsible diamond-mining-development policies.

“The recipients of this year’s Diamonds Do Good awards truly reflected the ongoing positive impact being fostered by the diamond industry around the world,” said Anna Martin, president of the DEF and senior vice president of the Gemological Institute of America. “Sharing these stories with our consumers is not only good for business, it is a responsibility for the entire industry.”
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