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|Founder||Ajay Anand (CEO)|
New York City
Rare Carat is a New York City-based startup and e-commerce platform for buying diamonds and diamond rings. The company uses data science and technologies such as blockchain and AI-driven chatbots to optimize the performance of its platform and user experience.
Rare Carat launched in October 2016 by Ajay Anand. Anand says Rare Carat has the capacity to disrupt the market for the diamonds by bringing greater transparency to an industry that has traditionally relied on opacity.
Rare Carat does not physically stock and sell diamonds. Its platform offers prospective diamond buyers comparison shopping and price transparency by connecting them to diamond retailers. The platform uses IBM Watson technology to compare the price of diamonds. Rare Carat has also partnered with Everledger, whose technology tracks diamond provenance, on a blockchain-based diamond ledger to verify the certification and transaction history of the diamonds its vendors are offering, as well as ensure they are conflict free.[non-primary source needed]
In February 2017, Rare Carat introduced an artificial intelligence chatbot called "Rocky" to assist novice diamond buyers through the process. As part of the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program, Rare Carat received the assistance of IBM in its development.
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