Gaetano Cavalieri: Reintroduction of CIBJO’s Organization and Purpose

CIBJO, the French acronym for the Confederation International de la Bijouterie, Joaillerie, Orfevrierie des Diamantes, Perles et Pierres, also known simply as the World Jewelry Confederation, is 78 years old, which makes it the oldest international organization in the jewelry industry. But even after 78 years, most retail jewelers know little of what CIBJO is and what it does. During CIBJO's annual conference, held in late February 2004 in Bangkok, Thailand, CIBJO president Gaetano Cavalieri spoke about CIBJO's role in maintaining consumer confidence and the importance of global cooperation and synergy. Membership is currently made up of national associations from the jewelry and gemstone trade in 36 countries, so it's not surprising that Cavalieri compares CIBJO to the United Nations. The U.S. members include Jewelers of America (JA), Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America (M
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