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Podcast: The RJC, Russia and Hollywood Glamour

April 6, 2022  |  Rapaport News

RAPAPORT… Following the shakeup at the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), which saw several brands and its executive director, Iris Van der Veken, leave the organization, the Rapaport team discusses the implications of the bombshell moves.

Also in this action-packed episode of the Rapaport Diamond Podcast, Senior Analyst Avi Krawitz, Editor in Chief Sonia Esther Soltani and Rapaport’s new Chief Business Officer, Pat Henneberry, review the industry’s approach to Russian supply, along with an overview of standout jewelry worn at the Oscars and favorite moments from the awards show.

Note: This episode was recorded a week prior to publication, before Alrosa’s decision to withdraw as a member of the RJC. While that aspect is missing from our coverage, we feel the basic premise of our discussion remains relevant.

Listen to the podcast here:

Discussion points:

00:40 – Introduction
01:30 – Busy news day at the RJC.
05:55 – Avi gives some background on the RJC’s position in the industry.
09:30 – Pat, Avi and Sonia discuss how retailers should approach the issue of Russian supply.
13:30 – Pat outlines what brought her to Rapaport.
21:00 – The team discusses the diversity of topics that engulf the diamond and jewelry trade.
23:00 – Sonia and Pat note how brand placement has changed the red carpet and what’s influencing that.
31:00 – Sonia shares her top three jewelry looks from the red carpet at the Oscars.
35:50 – The three pick their favorite moments from the ceremony.


This episode of the Rapaport Diamond Podcast is sponsored by De Beers Group Ignite: pioneering a new diamond world through innovation.

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