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CIBJO releases Gemmological Commission Special Report, surveys gem labs about synthetic and treated diamond reports

September 19, 2018

With fewer than four weeks to go to the opening of the 2018 CIBJO Congress in Bogotá, Colombia, on October 15, 2018, the sixth of the CIBJO commissions’ Special Reports has been released. Prepared by the CIBJO Gemmological Commission, headed by Hanco Zwaan, it reveals the results of a survey of 23 gemmological laboratories from around the world, about whether and how they report on synthetic and treated diamonds.

“The survey provided a clear picture of the similarities and differences on the reports issued by the various laboratories, and perhaps also suggested the requirements and preferences of different markets around the globe,” wrote Mr. Zwaan. “Overall the nomenclature used by laboratories is clear about the nature of the stones described, but there are inconsistencies with regard to the precise terms used, and whether or not grading of synthetic and/or treated stones is permitted.”

The special report also provides details about a document prepared by the Gemmological Commission, which it intends will come to serve as a reference point for the industry in the way that it deals with commercial colour terms such as “pigeon blood red” and “royal blue.” Other subjects discussed include how professional opinions can or should be presented separately on laboratory reports, and the necessary standards for governing the use of varietal names for different gemstones.

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

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CIBJO releases Ethics Commission Special Report, focuses on impact and implications of revised FTC Guides

September 12, 2018

With fewer than five weeks to go to the opening of the 2018 CIBJO Congress in Bogotá, Colombia, on October 15, 2018, the fifth of the CIBJO commissions’ Special Reports has been released. Prepared by the CIBJO Ethics Commission, headed by Tiffany C. Stevens, the report focuses exclusively on the newly revised Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter Industries, released in July by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. The report is co-authored by Ms. Stevens and Sara E. Yood.

Addressing comments that had been heard in the jewellery industry that the FTC Guides seem to disregard harmonisation efforts made by the international trade, Ms. Stevens and Ms. Yood note that the primary focus of the American agency is somewhat different. “The FTC tries to harmonise its guidance with international standards when possible, but it must base its guidance on Section 5 of the FTC Act. In contrast, many international standards are developed through industry consensus-building processes that are based not on Section 5’s standards for preventing deception and unfairness, but rather other considerations, such as facilitating trade and promoting international cooperation,” they write.

“The FTC does not especially seek to harmonise global trade standards, but instead envisions its purpose as consumer protection in the United States,” they continue. “Be that as it may, the FTC Guides definitely have a global impact, hence the decision to focus upon them in this year’s Ethics Commission Special Report.”

The other primary international standards of importance to the jewellery and gemstone sectors are those issued by ISO and the various CIBJO Blue Books. An in-depth  discussion of these concepts and their potential for impact across the global market will be had at the 2018 CIBJO Congress in Bogotá, Colombia.

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

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CIBJO releases Coloured Stone Commission Special Report, looks at responsible-practices standards specific to sector

September 5, 2018

With fewer than six weeks to go to the opening of the 2018 CIBJO Congress in Bogotá, Colombia, on October 15, 2018, the fourth of the CIBJO commissions’ Special Reports has been released. Prepared by the CIBJO Coloured Stone Commission, headed by Charles Abouchar, the report looks at efforts being taken to promote responsible practices in the sector, while taking into consideration the very different conditions that exist in the coloured gemstone industry.
 
“More than 80 percent of rough coloured gemstones that come into the pipeline is produced by tens of thousands of artisanal miners, at a great many small-scale mine sites around the world,” wrote Mr. Abouchar. “But it is not only the logistical difficulties that make the coloured gemstone sector such a tough nut to crack. The potential of an overly cumbersome responsible sourcing system having unintended consequences is also a critical factor. Policies that could economically disadvantage artisanal or small-scale miners, by restricting their ability to be fully involved in the business, could place at risk literally millions of ordinary people whose lives and communities are currently supported by gemstone mining.”
 
In the special report, Mr. Abouchar also outlines a project underway to produce an abridged version of the Coloured Stone Blue Book, which will be easier for retailers and their staff to understand and use. This is in recognition of the fact that, with the growing range and sophistication of gemstone treatments and artificial products, the Blue Book has become increasingly detailed, technical and difficult for the layperson to navigate.
 
Mr. Abouchar also reports on an initiative taken jointly with CIBJO’s Gemmological Commission to encourage gemmological laboratories to separate scientific results and professional opinions on their reports. “We hope that once gemmological laboratories accept this practice, consumers will better understand that parts of a report reflect the opinion of the issuing laboratory, and that such opinions may differ from one laboratory to another,” he notes.
To download a full copy of the CIBJO Coloured Stone Commission’s special report,  PLEASE CLICK HERE.
PHOTO CREDIT: Vincent Pardieu for Greenland Ruby.
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CIBJO releases Diamond Commission Special Report, focuses on terminology distinguishing synthetics from naturals

August 29, 2018

With fewer than seven weeks to go to the opening of the 2018 CIBJO Congress in Bogotá, Colombia, on October 15, 2018, the third of the CIBJO commissions’ Special Reports has been released. Prepared by the CIBJO Diamond Commission, headed by Udi Sheintal, the report concentrates largely on the way in which man-made stones are being distinguished from diamonds that are natural in origin, particularly in light of the newly released guides by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

“While the new FTC guides clearly recognize the synthetic diamond producers as fully-fledged participants in our industry, the bottom line when it comes to the unqualified use of the word ‘diamond’ has not changed,” writes Mr. Sheintal. “It can only refer to a mined stone.”

The report looks at a recently released article about the impact of De Beers’ imminent entry into the man-made diamond jewellery industry, which suggests that over time perceptible differences between the natural and synthetic diamond markets will dissipate, except possibly in the instance of a handful of larger natural diamonds. Mr. Sheintal disagrees with the article’s premise, saying that it is up to the industry to create an identity for naturally-created goods that is different from those grown in a laboratory or factory.

“We now have to create a separate brand identity for diamonds mined in nature,” he writes. “This is a not an impossible exercise. A white cotton t-shirt can be bought in a supermarket for $5, or at a Ralph Lauren store for $70. The physical composition of the two products may be similar, but their legends are very different. While the one is a generic product, the other is a luxury item backed by a sophisticated branding structure. Both are viable from a business perspective.”

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

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CIBJO releases Precious Metals Special Report, examines influence of political events on industry

August 22, 2018

With fewer than eight weeks to go to the opening of the 2018 CIBJO Congress in Bogotá, Colombia, on October 15, 2018, the second of the CIBJO commissions’ Special Reports has been released. Prepared by the CIBJO Precious Metals Commission, headed by Huw Daniel, the report examines the influence on the sector by outside forces, be they political, regulatory or the result of decisions by the International Standards Organisation.

“Unlike diamonds and other gemstones, where prices are almost exclusively a function of supply and demand in the jewellery markets, precious metals are also safe haven assets, and as such are subject to forces that simultaneously are driven by both psychology and economics,” writes Mr. Daniel.

The special report specifically looks at the difficulties encountered in predicting the trajectory of precious metals prices because they tend to be influenced by outside political events, and also outlines changes affecting the sector that appear in the recently  released Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter Industries by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

The report recounts a successful effort undertaken by CIBJO, the Platinum Guild International and other industry bodies to reverse a 2014 decision by the International  Standards Organisation.

“The process underlined the very valuable role that CIBJO can take as an official observer at ISO, working in concert with leading industry associations,” writes Mr. Daniel. “Its position is greatly enhanced because it is seen as being non-partisan, with its primary goal being to defend the interests of consumers.”

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

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CIBJO releases Marketing & Education Special Report, considers impact on jewellery market of Generation Z

August 15, 2018

With fewer than nine weeks to go to the opening of the 2018 CIBJO Congress in Bogotá, Colombia, on October 15, 2018, the first of the CIBJO commissions’ Special Reports has been released. Prepared by the CIBJO Marketing & Education Commission, headed by Jonathan Kendall, the report considers the potential impact on the jewellery market of Generation Z, which includes people born after 1996, who are  expected to account for about 40 percent of all consumers by 2020.

“For we the jewellery industry, it is essential to adapt strategies if we hope to succeed with Generation Z,” writes Mr. Kendall. “Gone are the old media approaches of TV commercials, long-term PR plans and static messaging. Today it’s all about fast delivery of interactive messages.”

Studies indicate the members of Generation Z rely on the advice of their peers, who may be located in multiple locations, meaning that jewellers have to create products that have global appeal. They are also more conservative and risk averse that the generation of millennials that precede them, but at the same time are decidedly socially and environmentally conscious.

“We need to show we care, because they very much care,” notes Mr. Kendall. “We must be clear about what we stand for, so  our that businesses, brands and products are not interpreted as being uninvolved, or, even worse, opposed to the social causes that are important to Gen Z.”

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

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Registration for CIBJO Congress 2018 now open, dedicated congress website launched

May 22, 2018

Registration for the 2018 congress of CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, is now open. Delegates and other participants may register for the congress via a dedicated congress website located at: http://www.cibjo.org/congress2018.

CIBJO’s 2018 annual congress will take place in Bogotá, Colombia, October 15-17, with pre-congress meetings beginning on October 13. Located high in the Andes Mountains at an altitude of 2,640 metres (8,660 feet) above sea level, it is one of the highest capital cities in the world and the centre of the South American emerald trade.

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

The congress venue will be the Grand Hyatt Bogotá, situated in the heart of Ciudad Empresarial Sarmiento Angulo, in the city’s commercial district. The hotel, which is newly constructed, will open for business at the beginning of August. The reservation of hotel rooms at a special congress rate is not yet possible. A Grand Hyatt booking module will shortly be added to the dedicated website, which will enable participants to reserve hotel rooms at the special rate. Those who have already registered for the congress will be informed when the booking module is available.

Immediately prior to the event, from October 12 to 14, Fedesmeraldas will also host the second edition of the World Emerald Symposium.

The dedicated website includes the congress programme, important travel information, background information about Colombia and Bogotá, news and photo galleries. An online registration form for the congress is available, and, since the CIBJO Congress 2018 will be a carbon neutral event, participants are also requested to complete a carbon footprinting form.

Information and registration forms for tours and the accompanying persons programme will also be uploaded to the website at a later date. Furthermore, as the congress approaches, the website will serve as the primary platform for all news and information related to the event.

CIBJO Congresses serve as the official gathering place for the World Jewellery Confederation’s Assembly of Delegates, and also are 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 and coral, 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 its ongoing cooperation with the United Nations is reported upon.

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2018 CIBJO Congress to take place in Bogotá, Colombia, October 15-17

May 10, 2018

CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, will hold its 2018 annual congress in Bogotá, Colombia, October 15-17, with pre-congress meetings beginning on October 13.

The congress will be hosted by Fedesmeraldas, the National Federation of Emeralds of Colombia, which this year will be a celebrating the 20th anniversary of its founding. Immediately prior to the event, from October 12 to 14, Fedesmeraldas will also host the second edition of the World Emerald Symposium, which CIBJO Congress participants are encouraged to attend.

The main venue for the CIBJO Congress will be the Grand Hyatt Bogotá, which is located in the heart of Ciudad Empresarial Sarmiento Angulo, the city’s commercial district.

CIBJO Congresses serve as the official gathering place for the World Jewellery Confederation’s Assembly of Delegates, and also are 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 and coral, 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.

This is the second time that a CIBJO Congress will have been held in South America, with the first having taken place in Salvador, Brazil, in 2015. As Latin America’s fourth largest economy, Colombia is synonymous with the fine emerald sector, which is anchored by a mining industry that has functioned uninterrupted since the rule of the Incas, and archaeological evidence indicates that gemstones were already being mined in the area more 3,000 years ago. The country also has substantial gold reserves, and is a producer of silver and platinum. Bogotá, its capital and primary business hub, is home to an emerald sorting, cutting and trade centre, as well as a growing jewellery industry and trade.

“In so many respects, Colombia represents both the past and the future of our industry,” said Gaetano Cavalieri, CIBJO President. “It has been associated with the very finest of gemstones for centuries, but from a business perspective has still only scratched the surface of its potential, with studies indicating that about 80 percent of its vast emerald reserves still remain under the ground. The country’s government and gemstone industry are committed to a  programme that involves formalising the status of its artisanal and smaller-scale miners, enabling them to access the international markets, and so realize our business community’s potential of being a force for sustainable economic and social development. With the focus of the world jewellery industry on Colombia leading up to and during the CIBJO Congress, we are delighted to be able to partner with Fedesmeraldas in highlighting this process.”

By |2018-05-17T12:05:01+00:00May 17th, 2018|NEWS|Comments Off on 2018 CIBJO Congress to take place in Bogotá, Colombia, October 15-17
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