Putting America first and stressing the importance of adding value in the U.S. diamond and jewelry market was the cornerstone of a presentation by Martin Rapaport, the chairman of the Rapaport Group, to members of the Diamond Manufacturers & Importers Association of America (DMIA), American Gem Society (AGS) and other industry groups on October 27 in Manhattan.
[two_third]“The U.S. market is often taken for granted,” Rapaport said. “But it’s so important to the industry.” He added that the U.S. is the “primary place” for the last 18 inches — a designation that refers to the retail counter and the final distance that a diamond travels over it’s long journey from mine to consumer — and it leads the world in “adding value” to diamond products that consumers buy.[/two_third][one_third_last]
“Making customers happy is the “name of the game” for diamond dealers and retailers and that is the cornerstone of the American market.”
Making customers happy, Rapaport said, is the “name of the game” for diamond dealers and retailers and that, he added, is “the cornerstone of the American market.”