CRJP Joins CIBJO

They’re reunited—and it feels so good!

CIBJO was one of the founding members of the Council of Responsible Jewelry Practices, the group meant to handle social and political issues in the supply chain. Last year, CIBJO head Gaetano Cavalieri quit the group, saying it was biased toward bigger companies.

Now that’s apparently all in the past, as the two groups buried the hatchet in a press conference Sunday, and CRJP joined CIBJO as an associate member—although not the other way around.

“This is about putting aside issues of turf, issues of who’s in charge, and working together for the industry’s benefit,” said Matthew Runci, CRJP’s chairman.

CRJP will be a participant at CIBJO’s upcoming conference in Vancouver, the two said.

Still, the release announcing the coming together seems to have been specially crafted with turf issues in mind. The groups agreed that CIBJO’s role is to focus on the industry’s quest to maintain consumer confidence from a broader perspective, while CRJP’s specific focus will be the creation of a supply-chain initiative for the gold and diamond jewelry industry.

“I would like to express my support for and endorsement of the specific role that CRJP plays in creating a supply-chain initiative for the gold and diamond jewelry industry,” said Cavalieri. “I welcome CIBJO to our Vancouver meeting, and I look forward to the information CRJP will bring to our various constituents.”