Rapaport Articles

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ROUGH JUSTICE
Martin Rapaport

One of the most important and challenging aspects of the diamond industry is how we deal with ethical issues. The secret of the diamond lies in its value as a symbol, not its physical utility. If you were to get a pair of sneakers made with child labor, you could still play a pretty good game of basketball with them — they have complete functional utility. 

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SYNTHETIC DIAMOND SCAM
Martin Rapaport

Some people think that synthetic diamonds are an important new addition to the jewelry trade. They believe that Millennial consumers will be attracted to more ethical diamonds created with advanced technology. 
 

 

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GUILT TRIP
Martin Rapaport

I don’t know how to tell this story. There are no words to describe what I have seen in Sierra Leone. My mind tells me to block out the really bad stuff, to deny the impossible reality. But the images of the amputee camp haunt me and the voices of the victims cry out. ‘Tell them what has happened to us,’ say the survivors.