Who We Are:
The perfect union of diamond and blockchain expertise.
Jacques is the inventor of online diamond trading marketplaces. He is the founder and past president of Polygon, one of the most disruptive initiatives to hit the diamond industry in the last fifty years. Polygon—for the first time—allowed diamonds to be traded globally by computer networks, and with transparent price comparisons. Several million dollars of diamonds are traded every day on Polygon—and even more on the many copy-cat sites that now exist. He has also helped establish online diamond marketplaces for private groups such as American Gem Society, Independent Jewelers Organization, and De Beers’ Forevermark brand. Jacques was named one of the jewelry industry’s most influential people, by JCK Magazine.
Erik Voorhees is among the top-recognized serial Bitcoin advocates and entrepreneurs, understanding Bitcoin as one of the most important inventions ever created by humanity. Having been a featured guest on Bloomberg, Fox Business, CNBC, and numerous Bitcoin and industry conferences, Erik humbly suggests that there is no such thing as a “free market” when the institution of money itself is centrally planned and controlled. Erik is Jacques Voorhees’ son.
Bill is the past president (1986-2006) of the prestigious Gemological Institute of America—the global educational organization that invented the 4 C’s diamond grading standards. Today, he is an industry consultant.
Jeff is CEO of one of the most respected wholesale diamond companies in North America, Fischer Diamonds. Jeff is also Chairman Emeritus of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee (the jewelry industry’s ethics watchdog group), and President Emeritus of the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (the global trade association for the diamond industry.)
Michael Terpin is founder and CEO of Transform Group which has served more than 200 clients in the blockchain field and helped launch more than 100 ICO’s including Ethereum. Terpin is also co-founder of BitAngels, the world’s first angel network for digital currency/ blockchain startups. Previously Terpin founded Marketwired, one of the world’s largest company newswires, which was acquired in 2006 and later sold to NASDAQ for $200 million.
What We Do:
Our goal is to make diamonds as easy as gold.
Icecap brings together unique technology, resources, and personnel to open up the diamond industry to hard asset investors. If you believe in hedging your wealth against the ravages of central-banks and the inflation of fiat currencies, you probably own metals like gold or silver. We help you add diamonds to that portfolio, while avoiding the pitfalls that diamonds have historically presented to investors.
Why We Do It:
We hate inflation and want to protect people from the damage it causes.
For thousands of years, diamonds have been a store of wealth that has stood the test of time. But the traditional diamond market favors jewelry buyers, not investors. By combining modern technology with the structure of a metals market, Icecap delivers you—the investor—something new, unique, and valuable to add to your hard asset portfolio.
How You Benefit:
A diversified portfolio, peace of mind in a chaotic world, and a way to savor the assets you own in more than just financial terms.
Why you might want to invest in diamonds:
- Diamonds are the most portable, lightweight, and concealable form of wealth. A million dollars of value can easily fit inside a shirt pocket.
- Diamonds generally outpace monetary inflation, though with less volatility than gold.
- Finally, diamonds can be enjoyed as jewelry, while taking their place in your hard asset portfolio.
Icecap helps you enjoy those benefits, in a comparable structure to gold and silver investing.