The Rothschild Trading Company has a rich history in the diamond industry.
The Company traces its passage to America back to its founder, Efraim Rothschild.
In 1964, at the age of 12, Efraim chartered his own course into the business world
as an apprentice diamond cutter and polisher in the capital of Israel’s flourishing diamond industry, Netanya.
Fast forward to 2001, after graduating from Tulane University, Henry Rothschild,
Efraim’s son,joined his father in business and immersed himself fully into the trade.
In 2005, with the industry in a state of uncertainty, and independent jewelers feeling
the pain of rapid consolidation and the effects of the internet, Henry established the Retail
Jeweler’s Cooperative (RJECO, Inc.). RJECO’s mission was to support independent jewelers by strengthening
their diamond buying capabilities.
The cooperative effectively organized a group of the nation’s leading independent jewelers into a consolidated
buying group and moved them upstream in the diamond pipeline, improving margins and profitability.
Through RJECO, Henry became more involved in the diamond market, eventually forming the Rothschild Trading Company as a full-fledged supplier.
What began as a two-man business in dossier stones eventually evolved into a full-service diamond purchasing and distribution center.
Today, the Rothschild Trading Company focuses on sustainably sourced recycled diamonds, and operates in Pittsburgh, PA.
As a participant in the second-hand market, the Company has taken the opportunity to support its business community by dealing honestly and openly,
paying fair-market-value for diamonds,and providing as much support and guidance as possible to the loan and sale shops,
antique stores, coin-dealers, and independent jewelers in collaboration.
We firmly believe in the moral, ethical, and environmental benefits of recycled diamonds.
To us, there is simply no better way to create a sustainable, intelligent ecosystem of supply within the jewelry industry.
Our hard-earned network of suppliers includes second-hand dealers, antique stores, estate, and private sellers.
Recut diamonds are handled domestically,as is certification. Keeping a minimal carbon footprint is part of our
mission of sustainability and our diamonds receive no large-scale industrial manufacturing.
Where Do Our Diamonds Come From?
Our inventory consists primarily of post-consumer diamonds. What are post consumer diamonds? Diamonds that have been in retail circulation in some fashion. These consist of, but are not limited to:
Diamonds from other companies that need to be recut to our standards
Chipped diamonds from broken jewelry pieces ( though they are the hardest substance they do still chip and break easily).
Diamonds from estate sales, heirlooms, or inherited pieces
Diamonds from previous engagements or gifts
Shapes that can be recut to current styles, trends, or optimized to the most excellent cut; such as a marquise or a pear to an oval.
Rothschild Trading Co and Responsible Jewelry Council
Rothschild Trading Company is a member of the Responsible Jewelry Council (RJC), which is a standards setting organization established to advance responsible ethical, human rights, social, and environmental practices throughout the gold, silver, platinum group metals, diamond and colored gemstone jewelry supply chain. The RJC developed a benchmark standard for the jewelry industry supply chain and credible mechanisms for verifying responsible business practices through third-party auditing. As an RJC member, we commit to operating our business in accordance with the RJC Code of Practices. We commit to integrating ethical, human rights, social, and environmental considerations into our day-to-day operations, business planning activities, and decision making processes.