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Wednesday, October 30, 2013 10:45 AM IST (05:15 AM GMT)
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Martin Rapaport to Address Synthetic Diamond Crisis
100th Anniversary of First Gemology Diploma at Gem-A Conference

London, United Kingdom, Wednesday, October 30, 2013 — (Business Wire India) — The Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first gemology diploma and the 50th anniversary of the first awarded diamond diploma at its five day conference in November. Martin Rapaport, who will be speaking at the event on Sunday, November 3 at 1:45 p.m. at Goldsmiths’ Hall in London, will address the threat of synthetic diamonds being mixed with natural diamonds and sold to consumers without disclosure.

The presentation will include insight into the challenges and opportunities facing the diamond industry with practical policy guidelines that can ensure a sustainable ethical diamond trade.

“The diamond trade must wake up to the fact that diamonds are only as good as the people who sell them. The mixing of blood diamonds and synthetic diamonds with legitimate diamonds and their fraudulent sale to consumers is evil and must be stopped. Responsible jewelers and consumers must reject unethical suppliers who should be named, blamed and shamed,” said Martin Rapaport, Chairman of the Rapaport Group.

To attain additional information or a copy of Mr. Rapaport’s speech, please contact media@diamonds.net.

To attend Martin Rapaport’s speech, please register for attendance with Amandine Rongy, the marketing and events manager of Gem-A, at amandine@gem-a.com.

Rapaport Media: www.diamonds.net/mediacenter

About the Rapaport Group: The Rapaport Group is an international network of companies providing added value services that support the development of free, fair, transparent, efficient, competitive and ethical diamond markets. Established in 1978, the Rapaport Diamond Report is the primary source of diamond prices 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, international clearing house services and fair trade development. Major activities of the group include the development of markets for Fair Trade Diamonds and Jewelry as well as the creation of diamond futures markets. Additional information is available at www.Rapaport.com.‎

Lisa Miller – International, Rapaport Group, +1-702-425-9088, media@diamonds.net
Sherri Hendricks – U.S, Rapaport Group, +1-702-893-9400, media@diamonds.net