CIBJO releases Responsible Sourcing Special Report, notes demand for supply chain integrity increased with COVID

SEPTEMBER 15, 2021

With fewer than seven weeks to go to the opening of the 2021 CIBJO Congress on November 1, 2021, the second of this year’s CIBJO commissions’ Special Reports has been released. Prepared by the CIBJO Responsible Sourcing Commission, headed by Philip Olden, the report recounts how efforts to enhance supply chain integrity during the COVID pandemic continued uninterrupted, and even were accelerated.

“During this time, the attention of consumers, media, governments and civil society in the jewellery industry, its responsible practices and the integrity of its supply chains has continued unabated,” Mr. Olden wrote. “Our stakeholders justifiably continue to hold us to the highest possible levels of integrity and expect that, not only are we doing no harm, but that we are a force for good in the world.”

The report looks specifically at tools and programmes introduced by CIBJO during the past 18 months, all designed to assist members of the jewellery, gemstone and precious metals supply chains implement the principles of responsible sourcing.

Key among them was the launch in April 2021 of the Responsible Sourcing Online Toolkit, which is intended to enable all participants in the sector to do due diligence on their supply chains in accordance with the CIBJO Responsible Sourcing Blue Book. Available at no cost, the Toolkit comprises nine modules, each one of which relates to a specific section of the Blue Book. Each module provides a detailed explanation of that section, and also a number of downloadable files in MS Word or PDF format, which can be used to do the due diligence described. They include templates, forms, sample declarations and additional information.

“CIBJO remains committed to providing guidance, support and education relating to Responsible Sourcing and Sustainable Development in the global jewellery and gemstones industry, and recognises that this is a process of continuous improvement,” Mr. Olden writes.

CIBJO congresses serve as the official gathering place for the World Jewellery Confederation’s global membership, and are also the venue for the annual meetings of CIBJO’s sectoral commissions, where amendments can be introduced to the organisation’s definitive directories of international industry standards for diamonds, coloured stones, pearls, gem labs, precious metals, coral and responsible sourcing, known as the Blue Books.

The CIBJO Congress is also where the programme of World Jewellery Confederation Education Foundation (WJCEF), relating to responsible and sustainable activities in the industry and CIBJO’s ongoing cooperation with the United Nations and its development programme is reported upon.

To download a full copy of the CIBJO Responsible Sourcing Commission’s special report, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

CIBJO releases Responsible Sourcing Special Report, notes demand for supply chain integrity increased with COVID2021-09-15T11:29:01+00:00

CIBJO to launch third season of Jewellery Industry Voices with hybrid in-person/streamed seminar at VICENZAORO

SEPTEMBER 9, 2021

The third season of Jewellery Industry Voices, the widely followed webinar series presented monthly by CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, will kick off the same way that it did in 2020, with an in-person seminar in Vicenza, Italy, which will be live-streamed simultaneously as a webinar around the globe.

The two-hour, two-part seminar/webinar is a featured event during the second day of the VICENZAORO September jewellery show. It is entitled “Sustainable Development Goals: Meeting Their Challenge,” and is part of a joint programme of CIBJO and the Italian Exhibition Group, endorsed by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), to promote the principles of sustainability, responsible sourcing and social engagement in the jewellery and gemstone sectors. It is being co-presented by the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC).

The event will focus on industry strategies to support actualization of two of the 17 interlinked Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are the set of global objectives designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.” They were approved in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and are intended to be achieved by the year 2030.

The first part of the seminar/webinar will focus on SDG 5: Gender Equality. It will look at the growing role of women in the mining and extraction of precious materials for the jewellery industry, and consider the significance of their increased involvement. Moderated by Edward Johnson, its panel members include Iris Van der Veken, Executive Director of the Responsible Jewellery Council, which under her leadership launched the Generation Equality Campaign for the global jewellery and watch industry and has just released an in-depth gender equality report; Feriel Zerouki; Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs at the De Beers Group, who also is the General Manager of the GemFair artisanal miner empowerment programme in Sierra Leone; Cristina Maria Villegas, Director of Mining at Pact, a NGO operating in 40 countries, who is an expert in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM); and Diana Culillas, Secretary General of the Swiss Better Gold Association, which supports sustainable development of artisanal small-scale miners and establishes responsible gold value chains from these operations to the end market.

Iris Van der Veken, Executive Director, Responsible Jewellery Council

Feriel Zerouki, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, De Beers Group

Cristina Maria Villegas, Director of Mining, Pact

Diana Culillas, Secretary General, Swiss Better Gold Association

The second part of the seminar/webinar will concentrate on SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production. It will address a growing movement within the jewellery sector to adopt the principles of a circular economy, addressing global challenges like climate change, biodiversity loss, waste and pollution. Moderated jointly by Edward Johnson and CIBJO’s Executive Vice President, Jonathan Kendall, who initiated the confederation’s Jewellery Industry Greenhouse Gas Measure Initiative, its panel members include Danielle Keller Aviram, a sustainable jewellery and fashion consultant specializing in the development of circular economies; Philipp Reisert, Managing Partner, C. Hafner GmbH & Co., a German precious metal refining company and producer of semi-finished products and components for the luxury goods, technical and dental industries; Gabriel Andre Sauer, Managing Director of Sauer, one of Brazil’s best known jewellery companies; and Oren Schneider, CEO of CIRCA, the leading global buyer of pre-owned high-end jewellery and watches.

Danielle Keller Aviram, sustainable jewellery and fashion consultant

Philipp Reisert, Managing Partner, C. Hafner GmbH & Co.

Gabriel Andre Sauer, Managing Director, Sauer

Oren Schneider, CEO, CIRCA

The two-hour seminar will take place on Sunday, September 12, 2021, 2:30-4:30 PM Central European Time (5:30-7:30 AM Los Angeles; 8:30-10:30 AM New York, 1:30-3:30 PM London, 3:30-5:30 PM Moscow/Tel Aviv; 4:30-6:30 PM Dubai; 6:00-8:00 PM Mumbai; 7:30-9:30 PM Bangkok; 8:30-10:30 PM Hong Kong; 9:30-11:30 Tokyo; 10:30 PM-0:30 AM Sydney).

The in-person seminar will be conducted on the Main Stage of Hall 7 of the Vicenza Expo Centre, and the webinar will be live streamed at https://www.vicenzaoro.com/en/

CIBJO to launch third season of Jewellery Industry Voices with hybrid in-person/streamed seminar at VICENZAORO2021-09-09T13:28:51+00:00

CIBJO releases Marketing & Education Special Report, looking at impacts of COVID pandemic on jewellery industry

SEPTEMBER 8, 2021

With fewer than eight weeks to go to the opening of the 2021 CIBJO Congress on November 1, 2021, the first of this year’s CIBJO commissions’ Special Reports has been released. Prepared by the CIBJO Marketing & Education Commission, headed by Jonathan Kendall, the report looks at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the jewellery and gemstone industry, and how the way in which it has adapted will chart its course for the future.

“[W]e have all lived through what have certainly been some of the toughest times for humanity since World War II,” Mr. Kendall writes in his introduction to the report. “COVID has significantly impacted all of us and our ways of living. But as a society in general, and as a business community more specifically, we have learnt to adapt to the new normal. Video conferencing and non-face-to-face selling are now standardly used, leading to a massive rise in Internet sales and an ever more intense focus on social media marketing.

The report focuses extensively on environmental responsibility. “Already today we are witnessing the devastating impacts of increasingly unstable climates. The consequences of even more extreme temperature increases are difficult to contemplate,” Mr. Kendall writes.

“The world’s rapid response to what ultimately is a lesser long-term threat – COVID 19 – is indicative what we as members of humanity can achieve when we come together,” he continues. “It is clear that if we can keep the temperature-warming to below 1.5 degrees Celsius, we can avoid some of the most serious outcomes. It is not too late to decarbonize and invest in a green future, but it is so important that we collectively make real changes now.”

CIBJO congresses serve as the official gathering place for the World Jewellery Confederation’s global membership, and are also the venue for the annual meetings of CIBJO’s sectoral commissions, where amendments can be introduced to the organisation’s definitive directories of international industry standards for diamonds, coloured stones, pearls, gem labs, precious metals, coral and responsible sourcing, known as the Blue Books.

The CIBJO Congress is also where the programme of World Jewellery Confederation Education Foundation (WJCEF), relating to responsible and sustainable activities in the industry and CIBJO’s ongoing cooperation with the United Nations and its development programme is reported upon.

To download a full copy of the CIBJO Market & Education Commission’s special report, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

CIBJO releases Marketing & Education Special Report, looking at impacts of COVID pandemic on jewellery industry2021-09-09T13:56:25+00:00

2021 CIBJO Congress to take place virtually, November 1-4 and November 15-18

SEPTEMBER 2, 2021

CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, will hold its 2021 annual congress virtually during the first and third weeks of November, from Monday, November 1 through Thursday, November 4, and then from Monday, November 15 through Thursday, November 18.

The congress will be conducted on the new Zoom Events platform, which allows congress delegates to mingle and interact in a common area, between and during formal meetings.

The November sessions are being timed to enable optimal attendance by delegates linking in from multiple time zones, and thus only one or two will be held on any given day, for not more than two and half hours in total. The proceedings will be recorded, so that those delegates who may be unable participate live will be able to review a session after the event.

Certain of the congress sessions, including the Opening Ceremony, will open to public participation, and registration for them will begin on October 1, 2021. Other sessions will be by invitation only.

CIBJO congresses serve as the official gathering place for the World Jewellery Confederation’s global membership, and are also the venue for the annual meetings of CIBJO’s sectoral commissions, where amendments can be introduced to the organisation’s definitive directories of international industry standards for diamonds, coloured stones, pearls, gem labs, precious metals, coral and responsible sourcing, known as the Blue Books.

The CIBJO Congress is also where the programme of World Jewellery Confederation Education Foundation (WJCEF), relating to responsible and sustainable activities in the industry and CIBJO’s ongoing cooperation with the United Nations and its development programme is reported upon.

“We would have been delighted to hold an in-person event, but ultimately felt that under current conditions a virtual congress is the safer alternative, allowing the participation of the greatest number of delegates,” explained CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri. “Fortunately, we have over the past 18 months become quite experienced in running virtual events, and as a result CIBJO’s work has continued unabated. There is a great deal to report and discuss, not least of which is how our industry is being impacted and changed by the COVID pandemic. It will be a fascinating congress.”

A dedicated CIBJO Congress 20201 website has been launched at www.cibjo.org/congress2021.

2021 CIBJO Congress to take place virtually, November 1-4 and November 15-182021-09-02T16:17:12+00:00

CIBJO releases Laboratory-Grown Diamond Guidance to enhance consumer confidence in jewellery trade

JUNE 17, 2021

CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, has announced the public release of its Laboratory-Grown Diamond Guidance, which include a set of operating standards and principles for the laboratory-grown diamond sector that are designed to enhance consumer confidence both in the product and the jewellery industry.

The document can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE.

A key principle of the Laboratory-Grown Diamond Guidance is that, to ensure confidence, consumers must receive complete and unambiguous information about what they are buying, so that they can make consciously informed purchasing decisions. This requires clear and accurate information that the laboratory-grown diamonds were created through industrial processes, and not geologically, as is the case with natural diamonds.

Divided into various sections, the guidance document outlines clear principles for describing laboratory-grown diamonds, well as due diligence measures that should be followed by companies handling laboratory-grown diamond merchandise and attending events at which they are displayed, like trade shows. It furthermore recommends the manner in which loose laboratory-grown diamonds or jewellery set with laboratory-grown diamonds should be disclosed on sales invoices and consignment documents. The document also addresses the subject of laboratory-grown diamond detection technology.

A key section of the document relates to the services provided by gem labs to the laboratory-grown diamond sector. It holds to the principle that the confidence of consumers will be served by their receiving an accurate and objective report of the characteristics of the laboratory-grown stone that they are buying, but, since such reports are unrelated to a laboratory-grown diamond’s rarity, care should be taken that the report itself does not infer a similarity between a laboratory-grown diamond and a natural diamond. The guidance recommends, therefore, that the report is referred to as a “Laboratory-Grown Diamond Product Specification,” and not a grading report.

The Laboratory-Grown Diamond Guidance document was developed by a special working group within CIBJO that was established in 2018, which included representatives of both the natural and laboratory grown diamond sectors. At the 2019 CIBJO Congress in Bahrain, the working group was provided the status of a full committee, the Laboratory Grown Diamond Committee, and it is affiliated to the CIBJO Diamond Commission, although it operates independently.

Before being released, the document was subject to both an internal and external review of industry experts. Like CIBJO’s Blue Books, it is considered a living document, meaning that is subject to change according to new information, technologies and market conditions.

“The public release of the Laboratory-Grown Diamond Guidance represents the culmination of three years of very delicate and complicated discussions, involving a great many experts from across the industry,” said CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri. “They all deserve our appreciation, but especially the members of the original working committee, headed by Wesley Hunt, and including Thierry Silber, Andrey Zharkov, Daniel Nyfeler and Raluca Anghel. They literally volunteered hundreds of hours of their precious time. Above everything else, they stayed true to the most important key principle, and that is that all that we do needs to serve the confidence of consumers in our products and our industry.”

CIBJO releases Laboratory-Grown Diamond Guidance to enhance consumer confidence in jewellery trade2021-06-17T12:26:51+00:00

Asia’s largest jewellery retailer, Chow Tai Fook, joins CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, as new member

JUNE 15, 2021

CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, has announced that its Board of Directors has confirmed the membership of the Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group.

Founded in 1929, the Hong Kong-headquartered group’s portfolio comprises the CHOW TAI FOOK flagship brand, and other individual brand names, including HEARTS ON FIRE, ENZO, SOINLOVE and MONOLOGUE. Its extensive retail network of more than 4,590 stores, covers Greater China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia and the United States, and it also operates a fast-growing e-commerce business. The group’s shares have been listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong since December 2011.

“We would like to thank CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri and the Board of Directors for welcoming us,” said Kent Wong, Chow Tai Fook’s Managing Director, Corporate and HK, Macau & Overseas, “and we are grateful to be able to work closely with all members for the continuous development of the industry. CIBJO, whose mission it is to promote international cooperation, has embarked on a range of initiatives to elevate and bolster consumer confidence.”

“Being an industry pioneer with over 90 years of heritage, we understand the need to innovate and stay united to make a truly positive difference,” Mr Wong continued. “In order to fulfil these ideals and promises, it is important that we work collaboratively with our industry peers, bringing in innovative insights. Only when we do so can we herald a new era of growth and synergy.”

“Chow Tai Fook’s becoming part of the CIBJO community represents a giant milestone, and will provide our confederation with a considerably broader perspective, not only in what are several of the fastest growing markets in the global jewellery trade, but also in the online environment, which is consuming an ever larger share of sales,” said Dr. Cavalieri. “Just as the group has led the way in Asia and elsewhere, we expect it to take a leading role in CIBJO.”

Asia’s largest jewellery retailer, Chow Tai Fook, joins CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, as new member2021-06-15T07:35:02+00:00