Diamonds: Jewelers Vigilance Committee Commits to World Diamond Council & More



JVC Committed to WDC The Jewelers Vigilance Committee, a group that provides education on legal and regulatory issues, considered but ultimately decided against leaving the World Diamond Council, the international body that represents the trade to the Kimberley Process. “At this moment, the WDC is the best vehicle for the industry to engage with governments and NGOs on the Kimberley Process,” JVC president and CEO Cecilia Gardner wrote in a letter to members distributed Feb. 5. Gardner also serves as the WDC’s general counsel and was criticized for her dual role in a December editorial by Martin Rapaport. The industry commentator claimed that Gardner faces a conflict in trying to represent the needs of both U.S. and international industries, given that Marange diamonds have been okayed by the Kimberley Process, but remain illegal in the United States. But Gardner argued t
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