Diamonds Hidden Gems

Hidden Gem: Sonia Esther Soltani, Editor in Chief @Rapaport

Every Monday The Carat Soup shines a spotlight on Hidden Gems: extraordinary women in our industry. This week’s focus is on Sonia Esther Soltani, the EiC @Rapaport (link) and country ambassador @womensjewellerynetwork (link).

*SOLTANI is Editor of leading trade title, Rapaport. A graduate of City University, London, with a degree in Magazine Journalism, Sonia began her career as a reporter at UBM’s award-winning weekly trade magazines Property Week and Building. An editor with over 12 years’ experience, she went on to work as a content editor at APL Media – the publisher of National Geographic Traveller and leading travel trade publications for the US and UK markets. Sonia is responsible for the management and development of all content creation and distribution through Rapaport’s print and digital channels. She also plays a key role in managing product development and directing the rollout of the company’s digital media strategy.

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Netflix and Chilling with Diamonds

Last year, on 28 November 2019, Netflix released a documentary about diamonds, as part of Vox’s Explained series. A 23 minute summary of our (billion years to present day) industry.

With well known names and faces featuring in the show and voicing their expert opinion. Remember reading about Karen Smit (link) on The Carat Soup?

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When asked about the pressure under which diamonds form, Smit the GIA Research Scientist said: “If you think of 80 elephants standing on your big toe, that is the pressure that is equivalent to five to six gigapascals.” What a visual!

Other topics discussed include diamond formation, demand for diamonds, the current retail environment and of course the inevitable topic of lab grown diamonds.

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Hidden Gem: Iris Van der Veken, Executive Director

Every Monday The Carat Soup shines a spotlight on Hidden Gems: extraordinary women in our industry. This week’s focus is on Iris Van der Veken, Executive Director at Responsible Jewellery Council (@RJC).

The RJC is an initiative in charge of setting standards for the jewellery supply chain, from mine to market. Which includes diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, gold and platinum group metals.

In their words, Iris is responsible for setting out the mission, vision and values of the RJC, working with its management and Executive Committee to develop and review the direction of the organisation, and establishing stakeholder and industry relationships to promote its objectives.