Rapaport Conference at Baselworld 2011

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RAPAPORT… PRESS RELEASE, February 16, 2011 – The annual Rapaport Conference at BaselWorld will take place on March 25, 2011. A special presentation by Martin Rapaport, Chairman of the Rapaport Group, entitled “How to Make Money in the Diamond Business” will take place at 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Montreal Hall at the Basel Congress Center, Basel, Switzerland.

The Annual Rapaport Fair Trade Jewelry Conference will follow at 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the same venue. This year’s conference will be a round table discussion about how suppliers and retailers can participate in the growing market for fair trade jewelry. Topics will include:  How can fair trade be made economically viable? How will the growing consumer demand for fair trade products affect our industry?

The conference is being sponsored by RapNet – Rapaport Diamond Trading Network. Participation is free and open to all. RSVP to basel@rapaport.com.

Additional information about Rapaport events is available at www.diamonds.net/events

About the Rapaport Group: The Rapaport Group is an international network of companies providing added value services that support the development of free, fair and competitive global diamond markets. Established in 1978, the Rapaport Diamond Report is the primary source of diamond price and market information. Group activities include publishing, research and marketing services, internet information and diamond trading networks, global rough and polished diamond tenders, diamond certification, quality-control, shipping, and financial services. Major activities of the group include RapNet the world’s largest diamond trading network with daily online diamond listings of over $5 billion and more than 5500 members in 74 countries. Additional activities include development of markets for Fair Trade Diamonds and Jewelry. The Rapaport Group maintains offices in Las Vegas, New York, Antwerp, Tel Aviv, Dubai, Mumbai, Surat, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. Additional information is available at www.diamonds.net.

About Rapaport Fair Trade:  The Rapaport Group is committed to the development of Fair Trade diamond, gold and jewelry products and markets. We believe that Fair Trade jewelry can and should be a catalyst for the alleviation of poverty in the artisanal mining sector and the creation of jobs for severely disadvantaged communities. The Group supports the development of Fair Trade cooperatives and small business units in West Africa, Fair Made jewelry efforts in South Africa and the establishment of viable Fair Trade standards by the international jewelry trade. Rapaport Fair Trade abides by the following four fair trade principles: • Fair Wages • Community Benefit • Do No Harm • Independent Monitoring. Information is available at http://www.diamonds.net/fairtrade/


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