Israel is one of the diamond capitals of the world – a place where technology and design combine the best of ancient and modern.
Faye Rodgers of Faye’s Diamond Mine in Clinton, Arkansas joined the IJO Master Jeweler diamond buying trip to Israel in 2011. Enjoy this fascinating footage from our archives!
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Owner Faye Rodgers talks about her recent trip to Israel.
Q: Is this your first time to Israel?
Q: Was your trip for business or pleasure?
A: It was a diamond-buying trip hosted by Independent Jewelers Organization (IJO) vendors, Royal Gem and Cherie Dori.
Q: What was your itinerary like?
A: Our IJO group spent a week on a whirlwind tour of some of Israel’s most important historical and religious sites, as well as its outstanding diamond production and marketing facilities.
We visited the 2,000 year old ruins of the port city Caesarea. We also visited holy sites in Bethlehem, Nazareth, and Jerusalem, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. I even went for a swim in the Dead Sea!
We spent a whole day on an escorted tour of the Royal Gem complexes in Tel Aviv, where we watched their diamond experts cutting and grading diamonds. We also had the chance to see the unveiling of many new jewelry designs.
Q: In your travels you’ve visited many countries. What makes Israel a unique destination for a jeweler?
A: Israel is quickly becoming one of the diamond capitals of the world. The facilities we visited there are state-of-the-art and put together with the country’s amazing atmosphere, it is definitely a major attraction for the diamond buying market.
Q: What were some of the highlights of your trip?
A: The fantastic Mediterranean food, the great views and the perfect weather.
Q: Would you go again?
A: Yes. I felt very comfortable and safe and it is a beautiful country.
Read an exclusive interview with IJO President & CEO Jeff Roberts at the Royal Gem office in Tel Aviv, following IJO’s pilot buying trip to Israel in January 2011. He discusses the buyers’ responses and his organization’s interest in the Israeli diamond industry.