CIBJO participates in meeting of the Hallmarking Convention, to advance closer cooperation between the two organizations

Milan, September 30, 2009 - Representatives of CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, participated in the 65th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Hallmarking Convention, in Geneva, Switzerland, earlier this month, with the purpose to advance closer cooperation between the two organizations.

Milan, September 30, 2009 - Representatives of CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, participated in the 65th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Hallmarking Convention, in Geneva, Switzerland, earlier this month, with the purpose to advance closer cooperation between the two organizations.

The Convention on the Control and Marking of Articles of Precious Metals (also known under "Hallmarking Convention" or "Vienna Convention") is an international treaty between Contracting States, which aims at facilitating the cross-border trade of precious metal articles. The mandate and scope of the Convention is strictly limited to the control of the precious metal content - not to health, security or other aspects of precious metals articles.

The September 21 meeting was chaired by Mr. Ronald W.A. Le Bas of the Irish Assay Office, assisted by Mr. Bjarne Bang Christensen (Denmark), Deputy Chairman. The meeting was attended by 53 officials, representing the Convention's nineteen Contracting States; two applicants states - Sri Lanka and Ukraine; as well as observers from Croatia and Serbia. It was the first time that the World Jewellery Confederation, represented by Dr. Gaetano Cavalieri, president, and Michael Allchin, president of CIBJO's Precious Metals Commission, attended such a meeting.

In his address, CIBJO President Dr. Cavalieri proposed that the Halmarking Convention would hold one of its future annual meetings in association with an annual CIBJO Congress. "Hallmarking is at the heart of assuring consumer confidence in precious metals," Cavalieri noted. "The members of Hallmarking Convention have a vested interest in cooperating as closely as possible with CIBJO and its members."

Michael Allchin noted that the official delegates of the members countries to the Hallmarking Convention's meetings are mostly civil servants and government functionaries who have little knowledge of or exposure to the various operators in the jewellery supply pipeline, their products and their businesses.

"By holding a Hallmarking Convention meeting in association with a CIBJO Congress, the Hallmarking Convention delegates will have a chance to meet jewellery manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and designers, i.e. those industry operators whose lives their work affects but with whom they may never have met yet and spoken with before. Such a meeting in itself would be a great achievement!" Allchin stated.

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