The CIBJO European Jewellery Guild, a new body of leading associations from across the continent, has been formally established within the World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO) to advocate for the common interests of European based participants in the jewelry and gemstone industries, and to represent them in contacts with officials, departments and agencies of the European Commission, European Parliament and European Council. The new body held its inaugural meeting on September 23 at the VICENZAORO jewellery show in Vicenza, Italy. Among the organizations represented were Union Française de la Bijouterie, Joaillerie, Orfèvrerie de Pierres & des Perles (UFBJOPP), from France; the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) and ARS NOBILIS, from Belgium; Confidustria and Assogemme, of Italy; BV Schmuck & Uhren and Fachvereinigung Edelmetalle, fom Germany; as well the safety and standards organisation UL. UBOS from Switzerland and the National Association of Goldsmiths from the UK were represented by proxy. CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri chaired the meeting.
The organizations represented at the meeting are recognized as the CIBJO European Jewellery Guild's founding members. All other associations and organizations operating in Europe that are already CIBJO members will automatically become members of the new body. Its president is Bernadette Pinet-Couq, Executive President of UFBJOPP, who has also served as chair of the European Jewellery Federation, a body uniting jewelry associations from France, Belgium, Italy and Portugal. Ms. Bernadette Pinet-Couq outlined the challenges facing the body, including the lack of balance in tariffs between Europe and its primary jewelry trading partners, harmonizing the often widely divergent thresholds for cash payments between different countries within Europe, the establishment of a compulsory "Made in Europe" seal for jewelry produced in Europe, and addressing issues related to the introduction of recently passed conflict minerals legislation by the European Parliament.
"This is an important milestone for the European jewelry sector, and we are proud to have been able to play a role in facilitating the CIBJO European Jewellery Guild's creation," said Dr. Cavalieri. "It is clear that we have a significantly greater chance of addressing our position in Europe if we are united, speaking with a one clear voice. This is most definitely the case when interacting with the various branches of government in the European Union, not only in addressing the challenges that face us, but also in projecting our position as ethical business leaders, and as a major resource of prestige and export revenue."
Last week, CIBJO's Diamond Commission released its Special Report focusing on the terminology used both in the industry and in consumer markets to differentiate between diamonds sourced naturally and those which are synthetic. Diamond Commission President Udi Sheintal writes, "Without proper analysis, diamonds formed in nature and synthetic diamonds created by man are difficult to distinguish from one another, and consequently the way they each are referred to - or named - is so important. That they are different products there is no argument. But how do we make certain that the consuming public understands this to be the case?" It states that the terms of acceptable terminology in the trade is clear: CIBJO's Blue Book as well as the International Standards Organisation's ISO 18232 rule state categorically, if the word "diamond" is used without any modifying adjective, it can only be a natural stone. Synthetic diamonds have to be described using one of a number of acceptable modifiers, such as "synthetic," "laboratory-created" or "laboratory-grown." Any willful deviation from these rules by a company selling synthetic diamonds is considered deliberately deceptive behavior.