Rio Tinto Diamonds, the diamond sales and marketing division of international mining giant Rio Tinto, will be the presenting sponsor of The Plumb Club Forum, which will be held at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, March 2-3.
Rio Tinto Diamonds currently sells around 25 percent by volume of the world’s natural diamonds.
Rio Tinto Diamonds is a founding member of the Council for Responsible Jewellery Practices, whose chief executive officer, Michael Rae, will speak at the Forum on how to ensure an ethical jewelry supply chain.
The Plumb Club Forum is being sponsored by a variety of other industry leaders, including JCK magazine, Gemological Institute of America, ABN AMRO Bank, HSBC Bank, American Gem Society, Antwerp Diamond Bank, Council for Responsible Jewellery Practices, Gem Certification and Appraisal Lab, GemEx Systems, Gemological Science International, International Gemological Institute, JCK Events, Malca-Amit, Natural Colored Diamond Association, World Gemological Institute, and the World Gold Council.
The by-invitation-only conference is being hosted by The Plumb Club for its retail customers, including majors and independents. It will showcase a roster of international speakers, from Carly Fiorina, the former chairman/CEO of Hewlett Packard to the Diamond Commissioner of Namibia, Kennedy Hamutenya, to best-selling business authors Seth Godin and Don Tapscott.