The World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO) has released a simplified guide to ethical and responsible practices in the trading of diamonds, coloured gemstones, pearls and corals.
The multi-sector, multi-lingual guide can be downloaded for free from the CIBJO website.
According to the association, the document provides easy-to-understand guidelines for industry professionals on the disclosure and description of natural and treated gemstones, synthetics and other artificial products, as well as recommendations about information to ask from suppliers.
It is however not intended to replace CIBJO’s Blue Books, which are more comprehensive and wide ranging, CIBJO added.
“The Do’s & Don’ts Guide is intended to serve as a quick and simple reference for industry professionals, to ensure that responsible practices are being applied,” explained Roland Naftule of CIBJO. “We encourage all members of the industry to become familiar with the various Blue Books but we appreciate that these can be overwhelming in terms of size and complexity. For that reason, we produced this more concise guide to promote consumer confidence through ethical trade.”
CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri commented, “Consumer confidence is the bedrock of the jewellery business and to maintain and enhance this, it is critical that responsible practices be applied by all participants at every stage of distribution chain.”
The guide comes in in English, Arabic, Dutch, French, Hebrew, Italian and Portuguese.