Not Your Father’s CIBJO

The World Jewelry Federation, known as CIBJO, is often called the jewelry industry's United Nations, and many see it as just as ineffective. At a time when worldwide diamond associations have acted with lightning swiftness on issues like conflict diamonds, CIBJO is seen as a relic of the past, an endlessly deliberative body that produces more yawns than achievements. Yet today an all-encompassing group like CIJBO is arguably more important than ever, as the industry grows increasingly global and interconnected. And so the group—which met recently in Bangkok, Thailand—is trying for a rebirth. Prodded by its flamboyant, energetic president, Gaetano Cavalieri, the group is instituting a communications strategy, scouting for new delegates, and generally giving out signals that this is not your father's CIBJO. (This was demonstrated by its recent dinner cruise, a raucous affair featur
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