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The Rapaport Diamond Podcast
24 minutes | Nov 9, 2022
Episode 76: Overoptimistic Retail?
Rapaport Senior Analyst Avi Krawitz and News Editor Joshua Freedman question whether sentiment in the diamond industry is aligned with that of the retail sector. They also discuss the high-end market, the growing importance of the GemGenève show, the lab-grown diamond segment, De Beers’ negotiations with Botswana, and the recent Kimberley Process (KP) plenary meeting.
29 minutes | Oct 25, 2022
Episode 75: Jewelry Goes Genderless
Rapaport Acting Editor Rachael Taylor and Senior Analyst Avi Krawitz examine the move toward gender-neutral styles by jewelers and designers, expecting unisex to be a major trend this holiday season.
23 minutes | Oct 3, 2022
Episode 74: Diamond Market Plays It Cool
The editorial team examines the slowdown in diamond trading, considering the impact of economic forces on consumer sentiment even as the US is supporting the trade while China remains sluggish. The journalists also assess some of the headlines that shaped the market in the past month, including those relating to the rough sector, De Beers Forevermark and the recent trade show in Singapore.
34 minutes | Sep 21, 2022
Episode 73: Jewelers’ False Narrative on Lab-Grown
Kieron Hodgson, managing director at UK investment firm Panmure Gordon, discusses mistruths about lab-grown and natural diamonds, the role of research analysts in the industry, how regulatory improvements have helped the trade through Covid-19, the current market environment, and why rough prices must rise.
45 minutes | Sep 7, 2022
Episode 72: With Special Guest Matt Stuller
Matt Stuller, founder and chairman of Stuller, discusses how he got into the jewelry industry, the company’s growth, how it has navigated the Covid-19 crisis, the state of the jewelry market and its challenges, and his expectations for the holiday season.
32 minutes | Aug 24, 2022
Episode 71: Signet, Tiffany Make Bold Moves
The editorial team discusses key events and some surprising stories that dominated the headlines in the past month, including Signet’s acquisition of Blue Nile, the India International Jewellery Show (IIJS) and Tiffany & Co.’s move into non-fungible tokens (NFTs).
36 minutes | Aug 10, 2022
Episode 70: The GIA Goes Digital
Pritesh Patel, chief operating officer at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), outlines the organization’s digital and sustainability strategy following its recent move toward paperless reports.
31 minutes | Jul 26, 2022
Episode 69: How Tracr is Empowering De Beers’ Supply Chain
Rapaport’s Avi Krawitz chats with Wesley Tucker, head of digital transformation and Tracr at De Beers, about the industry’s drive to develop diamond tracking programs.
27 minutes | Jul 13, 2022
Episode 68: Jewelry’s Pivotal Moment
Lisa Bridge, CEO of jewelry chain Ben Bridge, discusses her recent appointment as president of the American Gem Society and the mood among US jewelry retailers heading into the second half of 2022.
29 minutes | Jun 28, 2022
Episode 67: Where Digital Is Going
Digital-marketing expert Ben Smithee, founder of The Smithee Group, joins Rapaport’s Avi Krawitz to discuss the rapidly changing media space and how it is impacting the diamond and jewelry industry.
22 minutes | Jun 15, 2022
Episode 66: Lessons from Vegas
The Las Vegas shows tend to set the tone for the industry moving into the second half of the year. The Rapaport team reveals its observations about trends and sentiment at the important jewelry week.
28 minutes | May 31, 2022
Episode 65: With Special Guests Thomas Faerber and Ronny Totah
GemGenève show founders Thomas Faerber and Ronny Totah join Avi Krawitz to discuss trends observed at the trade fair, as well as the role such events play in the industry. The trio also delves into developments in the colored-gemstone and antique-jewelry markets amid the recent market turbulence.
26 minutes | May 17, 2022
Episode 64: The Forgotten Art of Detection
Undisclosed synthetics may not be making headlines lately, but they still pose a serious threat to the diamond market. Host Avi Krawitz discusses developments in the lab-grown market and detection technology with De Beers product manager Trevor Poulter.
31 minutes | May 3, 2022
Episode 63: Ethical Sourcing and the Buzz About Blue
Amid the challenges that the diamond industry is facing, there is still a positive outlook for retail and a growing excitement about special stones coming to auction. The Rapaport team discusses this dichotomy and the trends that may shape the industry in the coming weeks.
39 minutes | Apr 19, 2022
Episode 62: With Special Guest Rob Bates
Host Avi Krawitz and veteran industry journalist Rob Bates discuss the diamond trade’s Russia dilemma, Rob’s new book and the upcoming JCK show, among other pertinent topics affecting the diamond industry.
44 minutes | Apr 6, 2022
Episode 61: The RJC, Russian Supply and Hollywood Glamour
Rapaport’s editorial team reviews the recent withdrawals from the Responsible Jewellery Council and their implications for the trade, the industry’s approach to Russian supply, along with an overview of the standout Oscars jewelry and favorite moments from the annual event.
42 minutes | Mar 22, 2022
Episode 60: With Special Guest Eira Thomas
Like many in the diamond industry, Lucara Diamond Corp. enjoyed a banner year in 2021, but it is now strategizing ways to continue the momentum. Rapaport’s Avi Krawitz speaks to Lucara CEO Eira Thomas about the company’s plans for its mining and sales operations.
29 minutes | Mar 8, 2022
Episode 59: Questions About Russia
Rapaport’s editorial team discusses the sudden change in mood that has taken hold in the diamond industry since the start of the Russia-Ukraine war. How is the situation likely to impact the market?
33 minutes | Feb 22, 2022
Episode 58: De Beers Talks Tech, Data and Innovation
In a wide-ranging conversation, two De Beers executives share how the company is using data to boost efficiency in its operations and the diamond supply chain. Gordon Taylor, head of commercial technology at De Beers Group Ignite, and Sarandos Gouvelis, its head of incubation, also discuss how the push toward sustainability was influencing its programs.
31 minutes | Feb 8, 2022
Episode 57: Good Sales, High Fashion and Poor Taste
Rapaport’s editorial team members assess whether the strong momentum will continue across the pipeline, reveal their plans for Valentine’s Day, and review some important collections at Paris Fashion Week.
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