September 29, 2022
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How Gem Legacy Aims to Help East African Miners


Roger Dery is a hands-on lapidarist; he likes to travel to mining communities to buy the rough stones he later transforms into cut gems back in the US. One of his favorite places to source them is east Africa, and he has made more than 40 trips to the region. It was during those trips that he began to see the untapped potential of the local industry and...

Iris Van der Veken Joins Cartier-Kering Initiative


Iris Van der Veken, former head of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), will lead an organization established by a consortium of luxury brands to promote sustainability in the jewelry industry.Cartier, part of Richemont, and Kering launched the Watch & Jewellery Initiative 2030 (WJI) as a collaboration to drive three core sustainability goals: building climate resilience, preserving resources, and fostering inclusiveness. The...

Nonprofits Win Big in Las Vegas


Jewelers for Children (JFC) raised $1.1 million at its annual Facets of Hope dinner in Las Vegas last week, bringing the organization’s fundraising tally to over $60 million since its inception in 1999. The total will be distributed between the group’s various charity partners. That includes $225,000 earmarked for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, $235,000 going...

RJC Head Iris Van der Veken Resigns


Iris Van der Veken has resigned as executive director of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) over the organization’s handling of Alrosa’s membership during the Russia-Ukraine war.Van der Veken, who this week celebrated her three-year anniversary at the RJC, submitted her resignation letter to the board of directors on Tuesday, three sources close to the matter confirmed to Rapaport News....

Leading the Industry’s Positive Charge


While the diamond sector’s negative side may appear more prominent to the world, there are many companies and organizations making sure diamonds are a force for good.Conflict or “blood” diamonds have been at the center of many a media article. They’ve been in the headlines of reports by human rights advocacy groups and — perhaps most prominently — in a 2006 movie starring...

Webinar: The Sustainability Awakening


The first in a series of webinars on the future of diamonds looks at sustainability: What is it, and why does it matter?... Sustainability has emerged as a key driver of business strategy in recent years, growing from the need to protect the planet, uplift communities and ensure that products and services make a positive contribution to society. But what is driving this interest? And what...

Industry ‘Bridge Builder’ Dorothée Gizenga Dies


Dorothée Gizenga, a long-serving advocate for artisanal diamond miners, passed away of complications from diabetes on February 18 in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), aged 60. Gizenga was instrumental in establishing the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI), which is now part of the Washington, DC-headquartered umbrella organization Resolve. She served as DDI’s executive director from its inception in 2008...

Breakfast of Champions


Slowly but surely, the diamond and jewelry industry is moving away from Zoom calls and back to live interactions — at least partially. This year’s JCK Las Vegas show featured a series of events that combined in-person attendance with online participation to accommodate varying approaches to the still rampant coronavirus.Among those adopting the hybrid model was the Rapaport...

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