Diamond Development Initiative to Hold Retail Seminar at JCK

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Dorothée Gizenga, the executive director of the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI), will present “Your Business and Artisanal Diamond Mining: What You and Your Customers Should Know” at the JCK Las Vegas show on June 1 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. DDI supporter Jeff Corey, of Day’s Jewelers in Waterville, Maine, will join Gizenga to offer a retailer’s perspective on this topic. The session will be held in the Tradewinds D seminar room at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino.

The session will provide participants with information on DDI’s efforts to address challenges in the artisanal diamond-mining sector and why this is important to the retail jeweler.

“I’m proud to support an organization that’s working so hard to make diamonds a vehicle for positive economic development at the source,” said Corey. “Today’s customers want to know that the companies they buy from are ethical and responsible, and that the positive emotions surrounding a jewelry purchase carry over throughout the supply chain. I look forward to offering my perspective at Dorothée’s session at the JCK Show in June.”

Gizenga said, “We are thrilled that Jeff will be on hand at our session. We thank him for his generous financial support and for taking the time out of what is always a very busy schedule to join us.”

Attendees will receive details about the Retailers Friendship Kit that includes a Certificate of Recognition, counter displays, information postcards, and gift box insert cards imprinted with the donor’s name, which can be distributed to customers and constituents. Membership in the Friends of DDI conveys to consumers a jeweler’s concern for diamond workers who labor under challenging, artisanal mining conditions.

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