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The Rapaport Diamond Podcast

Episode 10 - A Turning Point for the Industry?

The holidays are coming, and all the signs look good, but can the bankruptcy of retail giant Sears teach the industry anything? Also, Aleah Arundale joins us to talk about the US market and her experience running the largest jewelers' Facebook group in America. Plus, the team tells you their names for a new mineral.

Episode 9 - Hong Kong and the Holidays

The most wonderful time of the year is soon upon us! It's holiday stocking season, but with a trade storm brewing between the US and China, will this holiday season be as rewarding as it once seemed to promise? Also, the rosy results of retail giants Signet and Tiffany are up for debate. Plus, what is the Rapaport crew up to for the holidays?

Episode 8 - Synthetics, Swatch and the Summer

Things are heating up in the industry. In this sweltering episode of the Rapaport Diamond Podcast, the team discusses the Federal Trade Commission’s decision to remove the word “natural” from its definition of “diamond,” and what it means for marketers. Swatch Group’s shock withdrawal from Baselworld is also on the agenda. Plus, what’s everyone’s favorite thing about the summer?

Episode 7 - What Happened in Vegas

The Rapaport team is back from JCK Las Vegas with stories to share. This month’s Rapaport Diamond Podcast reflects on the mood and main events of that key jewelry fair. The team discusses Martin Rapaport’s vocal challenge of De Beers. And Sonia Esther Soltani, Rapaport’s Editor in Chief, gives an update on the hot new trends at the high-end Couture show. 

Episode 6 - Making the Grade

Diamonds are weighed, measured and scrutinized before they’re given a grade. But are grading labs fueling consumer confidence, or a cause for concern? This month, the Rapaport Diamond Podcast explores the state of diamond grading, with our editorial team offering its views on the issue. We also interview Martin Rapaport, who gives a taste of what to expect at the upcoming Rapaport Breakfast at JCK Las Vegas. Sign up for the Rapaport events at JCK, and check out Avi's speech from Carat+ 2018.

Episode 5 - The Death of the Trade Show?

With the industry gearing up for the JCK show in Las Vegas, the Rapaport Diamond Podcast examines the changing landscape of trade fairs, talks to Stanley Zale of Stuller about how synthetic diamonds are performing, and reviews the results of Sotheby’s latest auction in Hong Kong. 

Episode 4 - Fraud, Corruption & the Red Carpet

In the wake of the alleged $2 billion Nirav Modi fraud in India, the Rapaport Diamond Podcast takes a closer look at industry corruption. Donald Palmieri of the Gem Certification Assurance Lab (GCAL) shares his insights on the subject, and Rapaport Editor in Chief Sonia Esther Soltani fills us in on the glittery, glamorous 90th Academy Awards.

Episode 3 - Wagging Tails and Diamond Sales

Labrador-grown diamonds? The Year of the Dog is coming up, and we are unleashing insights about how the Chinese New Year will affect the trade in the Far East. Also, an interview with noted jewelry journalist Jennifer Heebner, who shares her experiences from the most recent US colored-gemstone shows.

Episode 2 - All Aboard the Omnibus

Blockchain, omni-channel and the power of storytelling are some of the key topics the Rapaport editorial team discusses in this new episode. It also features insights into synthetics – including advice from DPA CEO Jean-Marc Lieberherr – our favorite news stories of 2017, and Avi Krawitz’s heartfelt take on the Kimberley Process.

Episode 1 - Holiday Cheer

In Rapaport’s first-ever podcast, we share our views on the holiday season, this year’s most exciting marketing campaigns, and what retailers are — or should be — doing to meet consumers’ needs. Also, hear our exclusive interview with Sally Morrison — former De Beers and DPA marketing exec and millennial-in-training — for her take on today’s consumer landscape, and our lively discussion on the most groundbreaking news in the industry. Hint: It has a royal twist.

About Us

David Ehrlich

Our Diamond Podcast host has been told he has Seth Rogen's voice for radio. And maybe his face, too.

Sonia Esther Soltani

Rapaport’s Editor-in-Chief missed out on being a millennial, which means she knows her way around Instagram and Pinterest but needs an initiation into Snapchat.

Avi Krawitz

Rapaport’s News Editor and Senior Analyst: “Just trying to be me in a world full of skateboarding, flannel-shirt-wearing, toasted-cauliflower-eating, skinny-jeaned hipsters.”

Joshua Freedman 

Rapaport’s News Reporter spends his days writing stories, and his nights dreaming up puns.

Jessica Shimomura

Podcast Editor extraordinaire.

John Costello

Rapaport Publisher.

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