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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...
Fair Trade Dec 20, 2018 Martin Rapaport
Ethical Supply Chains Town Hall
Jewelers Talk Industry Ethics at Rapaport Forum
Diamantaires and jewelers discussed ways of creating an ethical diamond supply chain when they gathered at Rapaport’s Town Hall Meeting in Las Vegas.The forum, which took place at the JCK show on June 3, aimed to develop a more...
Fair Trade Jun 14, 2018 Rapaport News
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Chopard Makes Ethical-Gold Commitment
Chopard has vowed to use 100% ethically sourced gold in all ofits jewelry and watch collections by the end of July, the company said lastweek. The jeweler has created an in-house gold foundry that will...
Fair Trade Apr 01, 2018 Rapaport News
Katherine Chappell  London Diamond Bourse
London Bourse Recruits Ethics Adviser
The London Diamond Bourse (LDB) has appointed KatherineChappell as its special adviser for ethical issues. Chappell (pictured), a longstanding member of the LDB, has worked inthe gemstone industry for more than 20 years and...
Polished Markets Apr 03, 2017 Rapaport News
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Cameroon Enabling CAR Conflict Diamonds: NGO
Conflict diamonds from the Central African Republic (CAR) are entering the supply chain because of poor prevention controls, non-governmental group Partnership Africa Canada (PAC) alleged.Rough stones are being smuggled across the...
Rough Markets Dec 05, 2016 Rapaport News
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Central African Republic Deal Opens Door to KP Return
The Central AfricanRepublic (CAR) will soon resume exporting diamonds after a deal was struckbetween its government and the country’s main miner, Sodiam, The National reported.The African country has been unable to export...
Fair Trade Mar 13, 2016 Rapaport News
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Signet, Tiffany among Members of New U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance
Signet Jewelers and Tiffany & Co. are among jewelryindustry players committing to help stop wildlife trafficking activities in theU.S. through a new agreement among corporations in the country.Berkshire Hathawaycompanies Richline Group and Rio Grande...
Retail Mar 07, 2016 Rapaport News
Ernie Blom
WFDB to Launch-Know-Your Customer Program in May
The World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) will launchits Know-Your-Customer (KYC) initiative in May, aimed at increasing transparency inthe industry to banks and regulators.The announcement was made at the WFDB’s Asia Summit held in Seoul,where presidents...
Polished Markets Mar 07, 2016 Rapaport News
Signet Unveils Protocol for Responsible Diamond Sourcing
SignetJewelers launched a responsible diamond sourcing protocol that it claims will increasetransparency and improve the integrity of the global supply chain.The U.S.-based jeweler, the world’s largest retailer ofdiamond jewelry, developed the Signet Responsible...
Fair Trade Feb 17, 2016 Rapaport News
Kimberley Process
UAE ‘Ready to Back Venezuela’s Return to Kimberley Process’
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is prepared to support Venezuela’s attemptto return to the Kimberley Process (KP), The National reported, citingAhmed bin Sulayem, the chairman of the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC)and the new...
Fair Trade Feb 16, 2016 Rapaport News
Greg Valerio
Fair-Trade Activist Greg Valerio Awarded MBE in 2016 Honours List
Fair-trade activist and jeweler Greg Valerio wasincluded in the Queen’s New Year Honours List for 2016, which recognizes achievementsand service of “extraordinary” people across the U.K..Valerio was made a Member of the Most Excellent...
Fair Trade Jan 06, 2016 Rapaport News
CAR Central African Republic
U.S. Sanctions Belgium-Based Trader for CAR Exports
The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on August 21 sanctioned two companies, Belgium-based Kardiam and Central African Republic (CAR)-based Badica, for providing support to militia leaders responsible for violence...
Rough Markets Aug 24, 2015 Rapaport News
Dana Schorr
Colored Gemstone Dealer and Activist Dana Schorr Dies at 63
Colored gemstone dealer and fair trade advocate Dana Schorr died August 5 at age 63 due to complications following a heart attack. Schorr was born in 1952 in New York City but grew up in Santa Barbara, California, where...
Gemstones Aug 09, 2015 Rapaport News
Fairtrade Gold Launches in Switzerland
Max Havelaar Switzerland began to offer Fairtrade gold jewelry today, joining a number of Fairtrade markets where labeled and traceable Fairtrade gold jewelry is already available. After launching in the U.K. in February 2011, Fairtrade gold...
Fair Trade Oct 23, 2014 Jeff Miller
Botswana to Inaugurate Diamond Mine on Bushmen Ancestral Land
Survival International condemned Botswana for opening a diamond mine on Bushmen ancestral land, nearly a decade after the government stated there were no plans to mine the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. The Ghaghoo diamond mine,...
Mining Sep 04, 2014 Jeff Miller
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Businesses Back Fairtrade Foundation's Bridal Campaign
Press Release: Retailers, jewelers, designers, goldsmiths and casting houses have signed up to take part in the Fairtrade Foundation’s bridal campaign "I Do" in the U.K. next spring 2015.Encouraging British couples to choose Fairtrade gold when...
Fair Trade Aug 29, 2014 Fairtrade Gold
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One-Hundred Goldsmiths Apply for Fairtrade Registration
Press Release: One hundred small jewelers have applied to register as Fairtrade Gold goldsmiths in just three months of the new scheme, with a potential collective clout to deliver $100,000 in fair trade premium back to artisanal and...
Fair Trade Aug 04, 2014 Fairtrade Gold
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Gem-A Appoints Vivien Johnston as Ethics Manager
The Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) appointed Vivien Johnston as the group's new ethics and corporate social responsibility manager. The role was created following the latest World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO) congress...
Fair Trade Jul 23, 2014 Jeff Miller
Fair Trade Conference Panelists
Guiding Principles
The annual Rapaport Fair Trade Conference that took place in Las Vegas in June sought to develop a broad set of values that would promote greater corporate social responsibility (CSR) across the jewelry supply chain....
Fair Trade Jun 27, 2014 Rapaport News
A Warning & Appeal From 'The Digging Fields' of the Diamond Industry
Press Release: In a keynote address to the Antwerp World Diamond Congress today, Rory More O'Ferrall, one of the diamond industry's most respected leaders and honorary vice chairman of the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI), said...
Fair Trade Jun 17, 2014 DDI
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