Rapaport conference to be held during JCK Invitational

The Annual Rapaport International Diamond Conference will take during the JCK Invitational event, both organizations announced Thursday. The JCK event is scheduled for Feb. 4-6, 2007 at the Hilton Hotel in New York City and the one-day Rapaport Diamond Conference will take place Feb. 5, 2007.

“The Rapaport conference draws the most influential people in the diamond and jewelry world and we are thrilled to host them alongside our New York City event,” said Dave Bonaparte, Vice President, JCK Events. “The JCK Invitational will offer the jewelry industry a chance to experience a winter jewelry Show unlike any other in the season now complete with the industry’s most highly-regarded diamond conference”

The fourth annual Rapaport Conference will focus on important issues confronting the diamond industry including: “Blood Diamonds,” “The impact of the Internet on Profits” and “Branding – Defining the Opportunity.” All profits from the Rapaport Conference will be donated to the Jeweler’s For Children charity.
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“We are pleased to coordinate the timing of our conference with the JCK invitational show as this supports New York’s role as a primary diamond and jewelry center, said Martin Rapaport, Chairman of the Rapaport Group. “Conference delegates will have an opportunity to examine and purchase the finest gems and jewelry. We seek to encourage the interaction of decision/policy makers and analysts with the products that are the basis of our industry.”

The second annual JCK Invitational is an amenity-rich event that caters to independent jewelers who are interested in re-stocking as well as the major retailers who are interested in beginning their holiday purchase planning with many of the industry’s leading manufacturers—including several who are exclusive to JCK.

To register for the International Diamond Conference, contact the Rapaport Group at 877-987-3400 or email conference@diamonds.net. Registration for the IDC is $495 per person. All net proceeds will be donated to the Jewelers for Children charity. Attendees to the Rapaport Conference will be given access to The JCK Invitational show floor and conference sessions.

For more information on the JCK Invitational or any of the JCK Events, visit www.jckgroup.com or call 800-257-3626.