January 21, 2021
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Podcast: Human Rights, Diamonds and Covid-19


The diamond and jewelry industry has made important strides in its responsible sourcing practices, but it cannot become complacent, a recent report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) found. Besides, Covid-19 has brought new challenges that affect all levels of the distribution chain.In episode 37 of the Rapaport Diamond Podcast, Juliane Kippenberg, associate director of the Children’s Rights Division...

A Crucial Moment for Artisanal Miners


The question of how to tackle the hardships facing informal diamond miners is as pressing today as it was when it first arose nearly 20 years ago.It was first touted as an issue that perhaps the Kimberley Process (KP) could incorporate into its mission. But the KP was not equipped — or mandated — to meet the challenge, even if the sector represented an Achilles heel for...

Ethics Service for Small-Scale Jewelers Launches


UK-based consultancy Levin Sources haslaunched a responsible-sourcing service for small to medium-sized (SME)jewelers. Developed to support SME jewelers inestablishing ethical-sourcing policies and procedures, the new proposition was formallyinaugurated on June 27, to coincide with Micro-, Small and Medium-SizedEnterprises (MSME) Day. The service, which has already beenrolled out to two jewelers and is in the process of being delivered to a third,features...

Video: Can ‘Good’ Diamonds Sell at a Premium?


Diamonds with proven ethical sourcing should sell for a higher price than others, participants in Rapaport’s annual town hall meeting in Las Vegas concluded. “The biggest challenge for sourcing ethical diamonds is whether consumers are willing to pay extra for them,” stressed one of the participants in the discussion that took place during last week’s JCK show....

Rapaport Proposes Sierra Leone Diamond Reform


RAPAPORT PRESSRELEASE, April 17, 2019, New York … The Rapaport Trade Mission to Sierra Leoneattracted a strong group of 29 international diamantaires and jewelers. Participants were from theUS, India, UAE, UK, Switzerland, Turkey, Canada, Spain, and Israel. For many,the trip was transformative as they visited the diggers in their villages andcame face to face with the challenges and opportunities...

Rapaport Announces Mission to Sierra Leone


The Rapaport Group is organizing a trip to Sierra Leone for members of the diamond and jewelry trade wishing to gain insight into the artisanal mining sector.The visit will provide an opportunity to meet and interact with theartisanal digger community in the country. The mission willpromote greater understanding of the role of the artisanalsector inthe jewelry industry. It will highlight and...

Martin Rapaport New Year Message


Dear Friends,Greetings and best wishes for a happy, healthy, prosperousand peaceful New Year. The New Year is an important time for introspection. Forthinking about our past, present and future. This New Year has special importance for the Rapaport Groupas we celebrate 40 years of continuous publication of the Rapaport DiamondReport. While it is nice to announce longevity, celebrate survival and...

WDC Issues Definition of Conflict Diamonds


The World Diamond Council (WDC) has released its proposed newKimberley Process (KP) definition of conflict diamonds, which addresses abroader range of human-rights abuses. The definition describes them as “rough diamonds used bypublic security forces or private (including criminal or mercenary) armedgroups to acquire wealth through illegal control, bribery, taxation, extortionor dispossession of people,” the WDC said Tuesday....

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