Part 2: KPCSC wants Russia to help end impasse on new definition of conflict diamonds

In the first installment of this two-part exclusive interview with Shamiso Mtisi, the coordinator of the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition (KPCSC), we focused on illegal diamond mining in the continent and where the contraband ends up...


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Although the diamond watchdog Kimberley Process (KP) prides itself for significantly reducing the flow of conflict goods since its establishment in 2003, the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition (KPCSC) alleged that illegal diamond...

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The jewelry industry in Russia needs to be upgraded in a serious way

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Rapaport Price List suspended till May 1

27 march 2020
Following an uproar in the diamond industry after the publication of its Price List on March 20, which slashed polished prices by 5% to 9% across all the categories of goods, Rapaport announced that its next issue will be released in one month’s time. The announcement came on Tuesday after the industry voted 72% in favor of suspension. Rapaport’s Friday Market Comment said, “The next issue of the Rapaport Price List will be published on May 1. The March 20 Price List is the official list until then.”
The vote was initiated by Martin Rapaport, who acknowledged that he had received “hundreds of emails and numerous calls from leaders of the diamond industry,” many of whom  expressed outrage about the reduction of prices, while others asked to suspend the price list.

                                          Image credit: Diamant-Gems

In response to the drastic price cuts in the Rapaport Price List of March 20, quite a number of industry stakeholders refused to accept the new prices and started to remove their diamond inventories from RapNet, the Rapaport trading platform.
However, Martin Rapaport continued to maintain his position saying that “It is vital that the Rapaport Price List reflect the realities of the market even when such realities are not pleasant or welcome. We cannot protect the market from price changes and must maintain the credibility of our price information. It is important to note that the Rapaport Price List is used by buyers and not just sellers. Buyers require and expect Rapaport to reflect the lower price realities of the market. We cannot misrepresent prices for the benefit of sellers and we must not mislead buyers.”
Still, the industry’s broad protest followed by the vote resulted in the suspension of the Rapaport Price List till May 1, 2020, which is the first time in Rapaport’s 42-year history, according to Martin Rapaport, who said: “This is an extraordinary step we are taking as an act of solidarity with the trade.”

Victoria Quiri, Correspondent of the European Bureau, Rough & Polished, Strasbourg