Last month JCK reported that CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, had left the Council for Responsible Jewellery Practices, a new international organization that CIBJO helped to found. (See “CIBJO Withdraws From Council for Responsible Jewellery Practices,” JCK, October 2005, p. 136.) To gain some insight into CIBJO’s decision, JCK talked to the organization’s president, Gaetano Cavalieri. JCK: Why, after helping found CRJP, did CIBJO decide to leave? Gaetano Cavalieri: The position that CIBJO had held in the CRJP was one that we were never comfortable with. JCK: Why not? GC: Eleven [of 13 original Council members] were privately or publicly owned jewelry companies. In such a constellation, we did not believe that we could defend properly the interests of the people we represent. [CIBJO is made up mainly of national jewelry associations, which represent the interests

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