Rob Bates is our guest this week. He has written about the diamond and jewelry industries for nearly 20 years for the Rapaport Diamond Report, National Jeweler, and, for the last 15 years, as senior editor of JCK.
Rob talks about “Is it too late to change the image of the jewelry trade, and “Why does the diamond business keep getting slammed?
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What You Should Know About Rob Bates
His responsibilities include reporting on the diamond industry and the high-volume retail sector and helping to compile JCK’s daily e-newsletter.
His blog “Cutting Remarks” has won two Jesse H. Neal awards from American Business Media, as well as, an award for best B to B Blog at the Media Industry Newsletter’s 2012 Best of the Web awards.
Rob’s JCK articles have won five Eddies from Folio magazine and the prestigious Triple Zero award from the American Gem Society.
He has been quoted as an industry authority in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and on National Public Radio
Mentioned On The Show
Martin Rapaport – Martin Rapaport is chairman of the Rapaport Group and founder of the Rapaport Diamond Report. Rapaport has been called a “maverick” within the diamond industry and is often recognized for his signature bow tie.
The Rapaport Report is the jewelry industry standard for the pricing of diamonds. The report is published weekly and given to jewelers and diamond merchants to set prices for consumers. The report is issued in the form of a tablet and prices diamonds based on the 4Cs of diamonds – carat, color, clarity, and cut.
JCK – Jewelers’ Circular Keystone (JCK) is the jewelry industry’s leading trade publication and industry authority for independent jewelry retailers.
“Why The Diamond Business Keeps Getting Slammed“ – Posted in JCK on February 27th, 2014. Excerpt from the article, “Contrary to what you may have read pre-Valentine’s Day, diamonds are not worthless. But if this industry keep ignoring its public image as well as the attitudes of younger consumers, and if it can’t get its act together to promote or defend itself, it may prove its worst critics right after all. ” This is a must-read article.
“Goodbye, Voice Of God (In Journalism)” – Posted in McMurry/TMG on September 4th, 2013. Excellent article.
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