The Rapaport Diamond Podcast brings the most important diamond and jewelry industry news and opinions direct to you. With deep analysis and hard hitting interviews the Rapaport Diamond Podcast is your gateway to the diamond industry.
Episode 34: Cash, Credit and Covid-19
Erich Jacobs, president of the Jewelers Board of Trade (JBT), explains how US businesses have handled this year’s liquidity crisis
Episode 33: Can the Trade Thrive on Generic Marketing?
The Natural Diamond Council (NDC) is looking to work more closely with retailers and the trade to take its marketing activities to the next level, CEO David Kellie explained in the latest episode of the Rapaport Diamond Podcast. Kellie urged the trade to consider the jewelry featured in the “For Moments Like No Other” campaign and the categories outlined in the 2020 Holiday Trend Report, both of which were unveiled in September.
Episode 32: GIA on Covid-19, Automation and Synthetics
Susan Jacques, CEO at the Gemological Institute of America, talks about the laboratory’s response to the pandemic, its approach to lab-grown diamonds, and the future of artificial intelligence in grading.
Episode 31: Rise in Grading Activity Signals Recovery
The number of jewelry pieces being sent to the International Gemological Institute (IGI) for grading and authentication continues to rise, indicating a faster-than-expected revival among jewelers, according to CEO Roland Lorie.
Lorie spoke with Rapaport Senior Analyst Avi Krawitz about market conditions as well as hot-button issues affecting the industry and the grading labs, including lab-grown diamonds, traceability and automation in diamond grading.
Episode 30: Pandemic Is Pushing Industry to Embrace Tech
The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the use of technology in the diamond supply chain, diminishing the fear that many in the industry had toward embracing innovation, according to David Block, CEO of Sarine Technologies.
Block spoke with Rapaport Senior Analyst Avi Krawitz about various ways in which technology is driving efficiencies in the diamond industry, outlining some of Sarine’s projects.
Episode 29: Lucara Diamond Outlines its Coronavirus Response
Eira Thomas, CEO of Lucara Diamond Corp. appears cautiously confident the mining company has the balance sheet, the sales platform and the right product mix at its high-value Karowe mine in Botswana, to manage through the crisis.