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CIBJO certified as being carbon neutral for fifth consecutive year

November 6, 2018

CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, has been certified as being carbon neutral in 2017, which is the fifth straight year that offset its greenhouse gas emissions through the purchase of carbon credits. It did so as part of the CIBJO Greenhouse Gas Measurement Initiative that was launched several years ago to promote environmental consciousness and responsibility in the jewellery and gemstone industries.

“Accelerating climate change through global warming is arguably the greatest challenge of our time,” said Gaetano Cavalieri, President of CIBJO. “It crosses borders and nations, causing havoc and destruction that threaten of all our planet’s children, their children and their children’s children. The vast majority of scientists agree that it largely is a result of the massive quantities of carbon gases that we humans have pumped over many years into the atmosphere, and if the trend is not reversed the consequences will be even more devastating. But no single act will solve the problem. It is up to all of us. The CIBJO Greenhouse Gas Measurement Initiative was established to provide our sector a way for playing its part.”

To become carbon neutral, CIBJO’s carbon footprint first was measured by Carbon Expert, an environmental consulting organisation. It included all greenhouse gases emitted by CIBJO as a result of regular operations during the course of the year, and the annual congress in Thailand in November 2017. This was offset through the purchase and retirement of 131 Voluntary Carbon Units (VCUs), which were invested in a 300 MW hydroelectric project in India, which is a recognised carbon offsetting project.

Greenhouse gases, which radiate and trap heat in the earth’s atmosphere, are considered a primary cause of climate change by the overwhelming majority of experts in the scientific community. These gases include carbon dioxide, whose entry into the atmosphere is accelerated through the use of  fossil fuels; methane, which is emitted during the production of coal, natural gas and oil, as well as through emissions from livestock and other agricultural practices, and through the decay of organic waste in municipal solid waste landfills; nitrous oxide, which is emitted during agricultural and industrial activities, as well as during combustion of fossil fuels and solid waste; and fluorinated gases, which are sometimes used as substitutes for stratospheric ozone-depleting substances.

The CIBJO Greenhouse Gas Measurement Initiative was established by the jewellery confederation’s Marketing & Education Commission to help companies within the jewellery and gemstone industries understand their environmental impact, reduce it, and protect themselves and the industry as a whole. Companies that become part of the programme are invited to work with Carbon Expert, which assists them in complying with ISO Standard 14064, specifying how to quantify and report greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals, and apply ISO Standard 20121, which offers guidance and best practice for controlling the environmental impact of events.

To obtain more information about the CIBJO Greenhouse Gas Measurement Initiative, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

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CIBJO holds its 2018 congress in Bogotá, Colombia, focuses on responsible sourcing and adapting to changing business and technological environment

CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, has wrapped up its 2018 annual congress at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Bogotá, Colombia, which was held from October 15 to October 17, with steering committee meetings taking place on October 13 and 14. A highlight of the event was the unveiling of a Responsible Sourcing Guidance, which is designed to provide  benchmarks for responsible sourcing systems developed and applied by jewellery and gemstone industry organisations and commercial bodies, and for governments that may seek to create viable regulatory systems.

Addressing the congress, CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri called on the jewellery and gemstone industries to adapt to the often-dramatic changes that have taken place in the business, technological and geopolitical environments, stressing this is necessary in order to develop and prosper.

The congress was hosted by Fedesmeraldas, the National Federation of Emeralds of Colombia, and CDTEC, Colombia’s leading gemmological institute.

 

2108 CIBJO CONGRESS REPORTS

CIBJO concludes 2018 congress in Bogotá, Colombia, after focusing strongly on responsible sourcing and new technologies

During the concluding General Assembly session on the final day, CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri described the congress as most successful, noting that significant work had been accomplished in driving forward the business and social agendas of the jewellery and gemstone industries, and in particular preparing them for the luxury marketplace in the years ahead.

Colombian Vice-President Marta Lucia Ramirez visits CIBJO Congress, addresses challenges and opportunities facing country’s jewellery industry

Colombian Vice President Marta Lucia Ramirez was a guest of the 2018 CIBJO Congress on its third and final day, addressing delegates as well as about 200 local members of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá’s Jewellery Cluster. Speaking to the gathering, she outlined challenges facing Colombia in general and the business community specifically, and she pointed to the growing importance and expansion of her country’s jewellery sector.

Colombian industry session features CIBJO panel, looking at how responsible business standards can help jewellery producers break into foreign markets

The morning of the third and final day of the 2018 CIBJO Congress focused on the Colombian jewellery sector with presentations by the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá and the Colombian emerald mining industry. A special panel featuring CIBJO delegates discussed how the Colombian jewellery industry would benefit from adopting responsible business practices.

ISO platinum standard and impact of FTC’s revised jewellery guides debated at Precious Metals Commission

Issues relating to definitions of platinum and gold fineness levels, as well as to the disclosure of rhodium plating, were at the heart of the Precious Metals Commission meeting on the second day of the 2018 CIBJO Congress.

CIBJO Ethics Commission deconstructs the revised jewellery guides of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission

The FTC guides do not have the power of law, although they do attach to a law preventing misleading advertising. The revision process is now closed, but the FTC can reopen consideration of any element of the guides at any time, Ethics Commission President Tiffany Stevens told congress delegates.

Gemmological Commission reveals results of survey of gem labs, which looked at how they differentiate the reporting of natural, synthetic and treated diamonds

The survey showed that the nomenclature used to define the nature of the stones is generally clear, but there remain some inconsistencies in the precise terms used, and whether or not synthetic and treated stones are actually graded.

Soon-to-be launched Precious Corals Online Course at heart of the Coral Commission’s deliberations at the CIBJO Congress

While precious corals are deep-water species, and are not under immediate threat from climate warming and ocean acidification, the commission hopes that the public profile of precious coral jewellery and scientific initiatives taken by its members will raise awareness and provide solutions for the plight of the endangered shallow-water coral reefs.

Pearl Commission discusses the strength of social media marketing to promote industry and consumer education

CIBJO’s Do’s and Do Not’s guide for retailers was also presented during the Pearl Commission session. It is a concise document for industry professionals, reviewing what people who trade in pearls should and shouldn’t do, and it includes a table providing comprehensive information about possible pearl treatments.

U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s revised guide for the jewelry industry comes under the focus of the Diamond Commission at CIBJO Congress

An overview of the changes that the United States’ FTC published in its jewellery guides are believed by industry groups to be skewed in favour of the synthetic diamond trade. Despite this, the commission did not feel there was any necessity at this stage to amend the Diamond Blue Book.

Coloured Gemstone Commission differentiates between opinions and facts on gemstone reports, Do’s and Dont’s and simplified guides

The dilemma of separating empirical facts and the professional opinion of gemmologists on gemstone reports came under focus in the Coloured Stone Commission, which met on the first day of the 2018 CIBJO Congress.

Blockchain presented to CIBJO Congress, as specialist panel discusses how innovative technology may affect the jewellery industry

The objective of the session was to investigate the significance and possible impacts of Blockchain in general, and more specifically in terms of the technology’s applications in the jewellery and gemstone sectors, from perspectives of defending the chain of supply and as a financial tool.

CIBJO unveils Responsible Sourcing Guidance project, standardising manner in which jewellery and gemstone firms should implement supply-chain due diligence

Philip Olden, head of the CIBJO Responsible Sourcing Guidance Project and President of the new Responsible Sourcing Commission, told the congress that the  mission is to support and provide guidance to all CIBJO members, especially manufacturers, retailers and distributors.

Special CSR Session at 2018 CIBJO Congress focuses on ethical issues facing companies in the supply chain

‘There is no debate in our industry whether we should act and seen to be acting responsibly, be it to our employees, customers, stakeholders and the wider society socially, environmentally and in terms of the way we do business,’ CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri to congress delegates.

In opening speech to 2018 CIBJO Congress, President Gaetano Cavalieri says jewellery industry must adapt to change

Dramatic changes have taken place in the business, technological and geopolitical environments, and the jewellery and gemstone industries need to adapt in order to survive and prosper, the CIBJO President said.

Responsible sourcing in jewellery and gemstones is the primary focus of Opening Session of 2018 CIBJO Congress

The 2018 CIBJO Congress has opened in Bogotá, Colombia, with CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri dispelling what he described as a popularly-held belief that very little changes. The challenge of the industry’s leadership is to identify change and develop adaptive strategies, he said.

CIBJO President calls for the creation of government-monitored chokepoints, to verify integrity of coloured gemstones entering chain of distribution

Gaetano Cavalieri called for the creation of government monitored chokepoints for the coloured gemstone sector, similar to national Kimberley Process Authorities that verify the identity of rough diamonds entering the global pipeline.

2018 CIBJO Congress opens in Bogotá, Colombia, with strong focus on responsible sourcing in the international jewellery sector

This included the introduction of a Responsible Sourcing Guidance document, which will serve as a reference for responsible sourcing practices developed and applied by industry organisations and commercial bodies worldwide, and will come to have the status of a CIBJO Blue Book. To oversee the process, a Responsible Sourcing Commission was established.

CIBJO Congress 2018 set to kick off in Bogotá, Colombia, on October 15, agendas and related documentation now online

With the 2018 CIBJO Congress set to open in Bogotá, Colombia, agendas and related documentation for the various sessions and meetings that will take place during the event have been posted online for downloading.

2018 CIBJO CONGRESS PHOTO GALLERIES

BOGOTÁ

GRAND HYATT BOGOTÁ

STEERING COMMITTEE MEETINGS
OCTOBER 13, 2018

STEERING COMMITTEE MEETINGS
OCTOBER 14, 2018

WELCOMING COCKTAIL PARTY
OCTOBER 14, 2018

OPENING BOARD MEETING
OCTOBER 15, 2018

CONGRESS OPENING SESSION
OCTOBER 15, 2018

CSR PANEL DISCUSSION
OCTOBER 15, 2018

RESPONSIBLE SOURCING GUIDANCE
OCTOBER 15, 2018

BLOCKCHAIN SESSION
OCTOBER 15, 2018

COLOURED STONE COMMISSION
OCTOBER 15, 2018

DIAMOND COMMISSION
OCTOBER 16, 2018

PEARL COMMISSION
OCTOBER 16, 2018

CORAL COMMISSION
OCTOBER 16, 2018

ETHICS COMMISSION
OCTOBER 16, 2018

GEMMOLOGICAL COMMISSION
OCTOBER 16, 2018

PRECIOUS METALS COMMISSION
OCTOBER 16, 2018

GALA DINNER
OCTOBER 16, 2018

VISIT OF THE COLOMBIAN VICE PRESIDENT
OCTOBER 17, 2018

COLOMBIAN INDUSTRY SESSION
OCTOBER 17, 2018

SECTOR A SESSION
OCTOBER 17, 2018

GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING
OCTOBER 17, 2018

VIDEO OF SPEECHES TO 2018 CIBJO CONGRESS

DR. GAETANO CAVALIERI
PRESIDENT OF CIBJO
OPENING SESSION ADDRESS
OCTOBER 15, 2018

EDWIN MOLINA
PRESIDENT OF APRECOL, COLOMBIA
OPENING SESSION ADDRESS
OCTOBER 15, 2018

TYLER GILLARD
HEAD OF OECD RESPONSIBLE MINERAL SUPPLY CHAIN PROJECT
OPENING SESSION ADDRESS
OCTOBER 15, 2018

PRAMOD KUMAR AGARWAL
CHAIRMAN OF GEMS & JEWELRY EXPORT PROMOTION COUNCIL (GJEPC)
OPENING SESSION ADDRESS
OCTOBER 15, 2018

STEPHANE FISCHLER
PRESIDENT OF WORLD DIAMOND COUNCIL
OPENING SESSION ADDRESS
OCTOBER 15, 2018

AHMED BIN SULAYEM
CHAIRMAN OF THE DUBAI MULTI COMMODITIES CENTRE (DMCC)
OPENING SESSION ADDRESS
OCTOBER 15, 2018

ERNEST BLOM
PRESIDENT OF THE WORLD FEDERATION OF DIAMOND BOURSES
OPENING SESSION ADDRESS
OCTOBER 15, 2018

MARTA LUCIA RAMIREZ
VICE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF COLOMBIA
ADDRESS TO CONGRESS (IN SPANISH)
OCTOBER 17, 2018

2018 CIBJO CONGRESS PRESENTATIONS

DR. GAETANO CAVALIERI
President, CIBJO

Opening Session Address
October 15, 2018

Responsible Sourcing Guidance Address
October 15, 2018

Speech during visit of Vice President of Colombia to 2018 CIBJO Congress
October 17, 2018

Address to World Emerald Symposium
October 14, 2018

TYLER GILLARD
Head of OECD Responsible Mineral Supply Chain Project

Responsible Sourcing Session Presentation
October 15, 2018

PHILIP OLDEN
President of the CIBJO Responsible Sourcing Commission

Responsible Sourcing Session Presentation
October 15, 2018

STEPHANE FISCHLER
President of World Diamond Council

Opening Session Address
October 15, 2018

AHMED BIN SULAYEM
Executive Chairman of Dubai Multi-Commodities Centre (DMCC)
President, IIDGR

Opening Session Address
October 15, 2018

ERNEST BLOM
President of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses

Opening Session Address
October 15, 2018

ERIK JENS
Vice President of CIBJO Responsible Sourcing Commission

Responsible Sourcing Session Address
October 15, 2018

Responsible Sourcing Session Presentation
October 15, 2018

Blockchain Session Presentation
October 15, 2018

CARRIE GEORGE
Vice President and head of Sustainability Solutions for Everledger

Blockchain Session Keynote Presentation
October 15, 2018

TIFFANY STEVENS
 President of CIBJO Ethics Commission

SARA YOOD
Senior Counsel, Jewlers Vigilance Committeee (JVC)

Ethics Commission Presentation on FTC Guidelines and Jewelry Development Impact Index (JDI)
October 16, 2018

EMMANUEL PIAT
 Vice President, CIBJO Coloured Stone Commission

Responsible Sourcing Session Presentation
October 15, 2018

EDWARD JOHNSON
 Business Development Director, Responsible Jewellery Counsel (RJC)

Responsible Sourcing Session Presentation
October 15, 2018

ASSHETON CARTER
CEO of The Dragonfly Initiative/Project Director of the Coloured Gemstones Working Groupg

CSR Session Presentation
October 15, 2018

NATALIA URIBE
 Head of Standards and Certification, Alliance for Responsible Mining

CSR Session Presentation
October 15, 2018

2018 CIBJO CONGRESS SPECIAL REPORTS

MARKETING & EDUCATION COMMISSION

PRECIOUS METALS COMMISSION

DIAMOND COMMISSION

COLOURED STONE COMMISSION

ETHICS COMMISSION

GEMMOLOGICAL COMMISSION

PEARL COMMISSION

CORAL COMMISSION

2018 CIBJO CONGRESS HOSTS

FEDESMERALDAS is the umbrella corporation representing the Colombian emerald industry as a whole. Its founding members are: The Emerald Miners Association (APRECOL), the Emerald Colombian Brokers Associations (Asocoesmeral) and the Emerald Exporters Association (ACODES).

CDTEC is the most advanced gemmological institute in Latin America. Its aim is to acquire and impart knowledge in every field associated with the gems and jewelry industry from mining through trading.

2018 CIBJO CONGRESS SPONSORS

PLATINUM SPONSORS

GOLD SPONSOR

SPONSORS

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CIBJO concludes 2018 congress in Bogotá, Colombia, after focusing strongly on responsible sourcing and new technologies

ABOVE: CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri (far right) presenting a gift to Colombian Vice President Marta Lucia Ramirez (second from left). She is flanked by Pramod Kumar Agrawal (far left), Chairman of India’s Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council, and Kenneth Scarratt, President of CIBJO’s Pearl Commission.

 

October 18, 2018

The 2018 CIBJO Congress concluded yesterday in Bogotá, Colombia, after three days of official business, which followed two days of steering committee meetings. The final day of the congress was marked by a visit by Colombia’s Vice President, Marta Lucia Ramirez.

Addressing the special session of the congress, which also was attended by about 200 members of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá’s Jewellery Cluster, Ms. Ramirez outlined challenges facing Colombia in general and the business community specifically. She pointed to the growing importance and expansion of the Colombian jewellery sector, and paid tribute to representatives of the emerald and jewellery industries, who she said were leading the sector forward.

During the concluding General Assembly session on the final day, CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri described the congress as most successful, noting that significant work had been accomplished in driving forward the business and social agendas of the jewellery and gemstone industries, and in particular preparing them for the marketplace of the years ahead.

CIBJO’s senior officers during the General Assembly session on the final day of the 2018 congress (from left): Roland Naftule, Vice President; Marc-Alain Christen, Chief Financial Officer; Gaetano Cavalieri, President; Corrado Facco, Vice President; and Eli Avidar, Vice President.

“As industry leaders, our obligation is to ensure that our sector is able to evolve and adapt in accordance with changing business, technological, social and geopolitical conditions,” said Dr. Cavalieri. “Staying in one place effectively means that you are moving backwards, and that is not acceptable. What we have done in Bogotá over the past few days is to examine what is happening around us, and to discuss and implement strategies that will equip our industry for the future.”

A landmark event took place on the first day of the congress, when CIBJO’s Responsible Souring Guidance was unveiled. It is intended that the document will achieve the status of a CIBJO Blue Book, coming to serve as a reference for responsible sourcing practices developed and applied by industry organisations and commercial bodies worldwide, while taking into account the challenges of the global jewellery supply chains. Like the other Blue Books for diamonds, coloured gemstones, pearls, precious metals, coral and gemmological laboratories, it will be a living document, which can be amended and added to as changing conditions require. For that purpose, a Responsible Sourcing Commission was established, with Philip Olden appointed as its president.

Disruptive technologies were discussed at length during the 2018 CIBJO Congress. Blockchain technology was the focus of a dedicated session, investigating the significance and possible impacts of the new technology in general, and more specifically in terms of its applications in the jewellery and gemstone sectors. These include securely and transparently tracking the movement of merchandise, as it changes hands multiple times during its journey down the chain of distribution, and also the use of digital currencies, which can significantly reduce banking costs and provide financing opportunities for industry members.

Also coming under the spotlight was the use of the social media as a means of marketing products and services in the jewellery industry. In an enlightening presentation during the meeting of CIBJO’s Pearl Commission, Kevin Cannon, head of digital marketing at the Cultured Pearl Association of America, showed how a single paid-for posting on Facebook was seen by 1.7 million people, and generated 50,000 clicks, 3,000 shares and more than 800 comments.

Environmental sustainability, particular in the marine ecosystem, received a great deal of attention. CIBJO’s Coral Commission, headed by Vincenzo Liverino, reported on its work in promoting research into the repopulation of coral reefs, which today are being severely damaged by climate warming and ocean acidification. While precious corals, which are deep-water species, are not under the same degree of threat as the shallow water coral reefs, the commission hopes that the profile of precious coral as a luxury item will raise public awareness about the plight of those species that are in danger of extinction.

Among the other subjects receiving close attention was adoption by the jewellery industry of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas, which were presented and explained by Tyler Gillard, who heads the Responsible Mineral Supply Chain project at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris.

Also discussed at length were the recently revised guides of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for diamonds, precious metals, coloured gemstones and pearls; means of separating professional opinions from measurable facts on gem grading reports; and simplified versions of the CIBJO Blue Books and other guidelines for members of the jewellery retail trade.

The venue of the the next CIBJO Congress was also announced. It will be the Kingdom of Bahrain, and will be hosted by the Bahrain Institute for Pearls &Gemstones DANAT in November 2019.

The 2018 CIBJO Congress was hosted at the Grand Hyatt Bogotá by Fedesmeraldas, the National Federation of Emeralds of Colombia, and CDTEC, Colombia’s leading gemmological institute.

 

To view reports of all the 2018 CIBJO Congress sessions, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

 

To view all the photo galleries of the 2018 CIBJO Congress, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

 

More information is available on the dedicated CIBJO Congress website at: http://www.cibjo.org/congress2018/

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2018 CIBJO Congress opens in Bogotá, Colombia, with strong focus on responsible sourcing in jewellery sector

ABOVE:  Dr. Gaetano Cavalieri (left), CIBJO President, and Tyler Gillard, head of the OECD Responsible Mineral Supply Chain project, addressing the Opening Session of the 2018 CIBJO Congress in Bogotá, Colombia, on October 15.

October 16, 2018

The 2018 CIBJO Congress opened yesterday in the Colombian capital of Bogotá, with a strong focus on responsible sourcing in the jewellery industry. This included the introduction of a Responsible Sourcing Guidance document, which will serve as a reference for responsible sourcing practices developed and applied by industry organisations and commercial bodies worldwide, and will come to have the status of a CIBJO Book. To oversee the process, a Responsible Sourcing Commission was established.

“At the end of last year, we decided to investigate whether the methods by which we have compiled our standards for diamonds, coloured stones, pearls, precious metals, coral and gemmological laboratories could be applied to the subject of responsible sourcing,” explained Dr. Cavalieri. “We asked ourselves, would it be possible to create a responsible sourcing protocol that could be universally accepted, which would meet the ethical standards that our industry expects from itself, and at the same time be acceptable from the perspective of the international community?”

Dr. Cavalieri explained that an operating principle of the Responsible Sourcing Guidance document was that it would be inclusive, meaning that there is an expectation that the standards, guidelines and systems that it describes can reasonably be applied by all members of the industry, irrespective of size or financial capacity.

“Like the other CIBJO Blue Books, the standards and guidelines contained in the Responsible Sourcing Guidance document are recommendations, as opposed to conditions of membership. However, they should come to serve as benchmarks for responsible sourcing systems developed and applied by industry organisations and commercial bodies worldwide, and for governments that may seek to create viable regulatory systems. Also, like the other Blue Books, the Responsible Sourcing Guidance will be a living document, which will be reviewed on a constant basis, and amended if changing conditions make it necessary,” Dr. Cavalieri stated.

CIBJO’s Responsible Sourcing Guidance is based on the OECD Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas, and supports the Kimberley Process and UN Guiding Principles on Human Rights.

Delivering keynote addresses, both during the Opening Session and during a special Responsible Sourcing Session that was held on the first day of the CIBJO Congress, was Tyler Gillard. He heads the OECD’s team working on due diligence in the mining and metals, financial, textiles, oil and gas and agriculture sectors, and additionally leads the multi-stakeholder negotiations for the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas. CIBJO had consulted with the OECD and other key industry associations in formulating its guidance document.

“CIBJO’s new initiative ensures a level playing field and is a common and consistent common reference among different actors in the supply chain,” Mr. Gillard said. “It also helps smaller players to become familiar with internationally accepted due diligence and responsibility, and we are encouraged by the progress taken by CIBJO to promote due diligence, transparency and integrity of the jewellery industry supply chains.”

Mr. Gillard insisted that the OECD understands the challenges faced by the many smaller and medium-sized bodies in the jewellery industry in instituting its due diligence standards, and especially small-scale and artisanal miners. “We don’t require full traceability from mine to consumer, but that you are exhibiting a strong degree of commitment,” he said.

“I emphasise that due diligence is a process, and that it won’t be completed overnight. But you must show good faith that you are doing it,” he said.

The President of the new Responsible Sourcing Commission is Philip Olden, who has developed responsible sourcing protocols and guidance for leading international companies in the jewellery and gemstone sectors, and who oversaw the creation of CIBJO’s Responsible Sourcing Guidance document. The commission’s two vice presidents will be Tiffany Stevens, President and CEO of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee in the United States, and Erik Jens, an independent financial consultant for the jewellery and gemstone sectors and former head of the diamond and jewellery division at ABN AMRO Bank.

Serving as the official venue for the meeting of the CIBJO Assembly of Delegates, the CIBJO Congress gathers the members of national jewellery and gemstone associations from more than 40 countries and representatives of many of the industry’s most important commercial bodies. During the event, the organisation’s Diamond, Coloured Stones, Pearl, Coral, Precious Metals and Gemmological Blue Books, which are industry’s most widely accepted directories of uniform grading standards and nomenclature, are discussed and updated.

The congress is being hosted by Fedesmeraldas, the National Federation of Emeralds of Colombia, and CDTEC, Colombia’s leading gemmological institute.

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