Rapaport Fair Trade Conference to Discuss Source Certification

Last Updated: Tue, May 07, 2013 13:50 hrs

Las Vegas, United States:This year’s annual Rapaport Fair Trade Conference will discuss how the jewelry industry can enhance its reputation by ensuring the chain of custody and ethical sourcing of diamonds, gems and gold. Real world solutions will be presented by jewelry industry leaders involved is establishing secure and ethical supply chains.

The conference will be held at the JCK Las Vegas show in the Banyan Ballroom, Mandalay Bay Hotel on Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 2:00 pm. The Rapaport Fair Trade Conference is part of a series of conferences being held on June 2nd including the Rapaport Breakfast at 8:00 am.

Panel speakers for this year’s conference will include:

David Bonaparte, President and CEO of Jewelers of America (JA)

Larry Drummond, President of Metalor U.S.A. Refining Corporation

Michael Rae, CEO of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC)

Martin Rapaport, Chairman of the Rapaport Group

Ronnie VanderLinden, President of Diamond Manufacturers and Importers Association (DMIA)

Free registration is available at www.diamonds.net/JCK2013, via email conference@diamonds.net or by phone +1-702-893-9400.

For further information about this and other Rapaport presentations, please visit www.Diamonds.net/Conference.

About the Rapaport Group: The Rapaport Group is an international network of companies providing added value services that support the development of fair, transparent, efficient, and competitive diamond and jewelry markets. Established in 1978, the Rapaport Diamond Report 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 with daily listings of over 990,000 diamonds valued at US$6.4 billion and 12,000 members in 80 countries; Rapaport Laboratory Services provides GIA and gemological services in India, Belgium and Israel; and Rapaport Trading and Auction Services with monthly sales of over 50,000 carats. The Group employs 180 people with offices in New York, Las Vegas, Antwerp, Ramat Gan, Mumbai, Surat, Dubai, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Additional information is available at www.Rapaport.com.‎

About Rapaport Fair Trade: The Rapaport Group is committed to the sustainable development of ethical diamond, gold and jewelry products and markets. We believe that retailers, manufacturers and their suppliers should proactively investigate their supply chains to ensure the legitimacy of the products they sell. We also believe that Fair Trade products sourced from artisanal miners or produced by disadvantaged communities can be a catalyst for the alleviation of poverty. Additional information about Rapaport fair trade initiatives is available at http://www.diamonds.net/fairtrade or via email at fairtrade@diamonds.net.

Sherri Hendricks, U.S., Rapaport Group, +1-702-893-9400

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