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Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH confirmed as new CIBJO member

MARCH 29, 2021

CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, has announced that its Board of Directors has confirmed the membership of the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH. CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri welcomed the decision, stating that it underscores the convergent interests of the watch, jewellery and gemstones industries, and the need for all to work together to protect consumer confidence and support.

Representing around 460 members or more than 90 percent of Swiss firms active in the production and sale of watches, clocks and components, the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH was established in 1982 following the merger between the Swiss Federation of Watch Manufacturers’ Associations and the Swiss Chamber of Watchmaking. It thus represents almost 150 years of association activity within the Swiss watch industry.

Among the organisation’s objectives are to protect and develop the Swiss watch industry, to uphold its members’ interests generally and in a legal context, and to represent the sector as a whole, both in Switzerland and abroad.

“We are delighted to have so important a leader in the international watch sector as part of CIBJO,” Dr. Cavalieri said. “Together the jewellery, gemstone and watch industries represent more than $250 billion of sales annually, reaching out to a very similar consumer base, often using  the same chains of distribution, particularly at the retail end. We have parallel interests and face common threats. For all of us, consumer confidence is not simply desirable, but it is a business prerequisite. I look forward to working with my Swiss colleagues in creating a common front, allowing us work united and strengthened in the international markets.”

“We are very proud to join such a worldwide association as CIBJO,” said Dr. Jean-Daniel Pasche, FH President. “The jewellery, gemstone and watch industries are so linked together that it makes sense to group our competences and values in order to improve the development of our activities and to fully satisfy the expectations of the consumers.”

Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH confirmed as new CIBJO member2021-03-29T08:07:56+00:00

CIBJO release 29-3-2021

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CIBJO announces appointment of Jonathan Kendall as Executive Vice President

ABOVE: CIBJO Executive Vice President Jonathan Kendall.

MARCH 23, 2021

CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, has announced the appointment of Jonathan Kendall as the association’s Executive Vice President. His nomination was tabled by CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri and approved by the CIBJO Board of Directors.

Long active in CIBJO, Jonathan has served for years as President of the Confederation’s Marketing & Education Commission, authoring a series of guides on responsible business practices, advertising and human resource management in the jewellery industry. He also was a driving force behind the creation of CIBJO’s Retailer’s Reference Guide, soon to be released in its second edition. With a passion for the planet and strong advocate for environmentally friendly initiatives, in 2014 he established CIBJO’s Jewellery Industry’s Greenhouse Gas Measurement Initiative, which helps companies within the jewellery and gemstone industries understand their environmental impact, offset and reduce it, and protect themselves and the sector as a whole.

A product and marketing specialist, Jonathan began his luxury product career in the cosmetics and fragrance industries, filling a series of roles at Revlon, Procter & Gamble, Elizabeth Arden and Unilever, before joining the De Beers Group. There he served as senior executive for 19 years until 2020. He was instrumental in the formulation of the De Beers Best Practice Principles, and in the development of new business strategies, including the Forevermark, the International Institute for Diamond Grading and Research and the De Beers Institute of Diamonds.

“I am delighted that Jonathan has agreed to take us up on my offer and to continue putting his vast knowledge, set of skills and talent to the service of the gems and jewellery industry,” said Dr.Cavalieri. “He will be a trusted advisor on all issues, but in particular will play an instrumental role in plotting  a course for the 21st Century, helping us develop solutions for a business environment and a marketplace that are more digital, interconnected, and socially and environmentally conscious. These are areas where the industry more frequently looks to CIBJO for guidance and strategies.”

“CIBJO plays a unique role in the jewellery industry, representing all the product categories across the supply, distribution and retail sectors,” said Jonathan Kendall. “As an industry, we have much to achieve in the coming decade to maintain consumer demand. Our products need to continue to represent the best of creativity and beauty, but in addition there is a real requirement for us to market them and our businesses with a strong emphasis on sustainability, excellent environmental management, and support for all those involved in bringing jewellery to market – from sourcing to manufacturing to distribution. My personal goal will be to help CIBJO provide the industry with the knowledge and tools to win the hearts and minds of the Next Generation.”

CIBJO announces appointment of Jonathan Kendall as Executive Vice President2021-03-23T07:53:05+00:00

CIBJO release 23-3-2021

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CIBJO launches new informational website that provides guidelines for describing diamonds found in nature and diamond crystals created in a factory

MARCH 9, 2021

CIBJO has launched a new informational website, called “What is a Diamond?” Its purpose is to inform consumers and members of the jewellery and gemstone industry about the precise terminology that should be used to describe both diamonds found in nature and diamond crystals created in a factory or laboratory.

Located on the web at www.whatisadiamond.org, the new website is an initiative of CIBJO’s Diamond Commission, and it was built with the support of the Swiss Gemmological Institute SSEF.

Using the CIBJO Diamond Blue Book as its primary reference, the new website definitions also comply with ISO Standard 18323 of the International Organisation for Standardisation. They draw a clear distinction between natural diamonds and synthetic or laboratory-grown or laboratory-created diamonds, as well qualifying what are considered natural products and what are considered products made artificially.

The website also explains the distinctions used in the Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding System of the World Customs Organisation (WCO), and supplies concise guidelines as to the  terminology that should be applied by traders of both natural diamonds and man-made diamonds.

“The purpose of the website is to be an easy-to-find and simple-to-understand reference point for all those who purchase, sell or handle diamonds,” said CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri. “Our goal is not to indicate what is better or more valuable, but rather to ensure that the public is able to distinguish between the different products in the marketplace. Consumer confidence, which is the bedrock of our industry, is completely dependent on people being able to make informed purchasing decisions.”

CIBJO launches new informational website that provides guidelines for describing diamonds found in nature and diamond crystals created in a factory2021-03-25T16:15:15+00:00

Guide for Classifying Natural Pearls and Cultured Pearls released by the CIBJO Pearl Commission as a consumer resource

FEBRUARY 18, 2021

CIBJO’s Pearl Commission has released the first edition of the CIBJO Guide for Classifying Natural Pearls and Cultured Pearls. The 62-page illustrated document provides an overarching view of natural and cultured pearls, from both seawater and freshwater sources, and highlights the important parameters by which their appearance can be described and assessed in terms of physical dimensions and quality. It is designed to serve as a reference point and a source of information for both the the general public and the jewelry trade.

The CIBJO Guide for Classifying Natural Pearls and Cultured Pearls can be downloaded free of charge from the CIBJO website by CLICKING HERE.

Complementing the CIBJO Pearl Blue Book, which is also produced by the Pearl Commission and is considered the authoritative reference for technical standards and nomenclature in the pearl sector, the CIBJO Guide for Classifying Natural Pearls and Cultured Pearls is a primer about pearls tailored for jewellery consumers and pearl lovers, and is designed to serve as an educational tool for the pearl and jewelry trades, and gemmological laboratories.

Providing an overview of the various pearl categories in different parts of the world, the guide lists, describes and illustrates the primary pearl-producing molluscs, and the type of pearls that each yields. A comprehensive breakdown of the leading seawater and freshwater cultured pearl types in the market is provided, detailing the species, origin, characteristics and production of each. The richly illustrated guide details the system for classifying natural pearls from the Akoya complex and the system for classifying cultured pearls, and also supplies information about pearl treatments and other pearl types, such as keshi cultured pearls.

Preparing the CIBJO Guide for Classifying Natural Pearls and Cultured Pearls was a multi-year and multinational project, with the original draft written by a team at Paspaley Pearling in Australia, whose members focused particularly on the section covering the classification of cultured pearls. The Akoya complex natural pearl classification section was prepared by experts at the Bahrain Institute for Pearls and Gemstones (DANAT).

“The CIBJO Guide for Classifying Natural Pearls and Cultured Pearls is a tremendous resouce, intended to provide consumers and the trade with accurate and easily-to-comprehend information about this increasingly popular jewellery category,” said Gaetano Cavalieri. “It is a result of the hard work of a great many dedicated individuals from across the globe, but some deserve special mention. In particular, I would like to thank Nick Paspaley and Peter Bracher for taking the initiative, and putting at our disposal the wealth of knowledge of their team in Australia. Likewise, congratulations are due to Kenneth Scarratt, President of the CIBJO Pearl Commission, the editor of the guide, and for the addition he made to this outstanding document. Thanks also to all those members of the CIBJO Pearl Commission Steering Committee, who have devoted much time and effort in ensuring that the content is informative and accurately reflects the product.”

“I encourage all members of the industry, and in particular jewellery retailers, to download the CIBJO Guide for Classifying Natural Pearls and Cultured Pearls and to make it available to their clientele,” Dr. Cavalieri said. “Knowledge breeds consumer confidence, and that ultimately is our primary objective.”

Guide for Classifying Natural Pearls and Cultured Pearls released by the CIBJO Pearl Commission as a consumer resource2021-02-18T09:44:18+00:00