CIBJO Backs ‘Conflict’ Efforts

At a recent meeting in Paris, world jewelry organization CIBJO endorsed industry efforts to eliminate conflict diamonds. "CIBJO has adopted the World Diamond Council principles of trade, and we urge all member organizations to do the same thing," says Matthew A. Runci, executive director of CIBJO. "This sends a clear message that the global diamond and jewelry industries are committed to eliminating conflict diamonds." Delegates also discussed security problems for salesmen in the industry worldwide as well as the new European Union precious metal and nickel directives. The group's Diamond Commission discussed harmonization of laboratory reports and requirements for disclosure of diamond treatments. The Pearl Commission officially recognized the term "Red Sea Cultured Pearl" to be used for new pearls being cultivated in the Sudan from the Pinctada margaritifera oyster. CIBJO also
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