Last week Pandora announced it would no longer sell mined diamonds, and instead launched a collection using lab-grown diamonds (LGDs), as a part of their sustainability strategy. The announcement caused leading diamond and jewelry organizations to lash out as they believe the retailer misrepresented natural diamonds and caused harm to the industry.
The World Diamond Council (WDC) and Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) have entered a cross-membership partnership and signed mutual codes of conduct. The two leading diamond and jewelry industry organizations are dedicated to the adoption of responsible business practices across the supply chain.
Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) – the global standard setting organisation for the jewellery supply chain - has strengthened its ongoing commitment to gender equality by signing the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe's (UNECE) ‘Declaration on Gender Responsive Standards and Standard Development’.
Russian diamond miner Alrosa served as a co-organizer of the ‘Russian-African Collaboration in the Diamond Industry’ panel session at the Russia-Africa Economic Forum business program in Sochi, the company announced today. Russia and African countries together account for about 75% of the global rough diamond production and are truly interested in the sustainable development of the global industry.
The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has entered into a partnership with the United Nations Global Compact to develop best practice impact case studies for building awareness and educating key stakeholders across the jewelry supply chain from mine to retail on how businesses can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) and the RJC recently organized a roundtable discussion with Antwerp-based RJC members.
The Plumb Club - one of the jewelry, diamond and watch industries' leading supplier organizations - today announced that its members have voted to require all new and existing Plumb Club members to become Certified Members of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC). The Plumb Club, a current RJC association member, is the first organization of its kind to require its members to follow the RJC Code of Practices.
The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) today launched its new Code of Practices (COP). The COP defines responsible, social and environmental business practices for companies in the jewellery supply chain and commits members to adhere to a robust set of comprehensive auditable standards. This marks the third iteration of the COP since the RJC formed in 2005, and reflects the evolving needs of the industry and demands of consumers globally.
The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has appointed Iris Van der Veken (pictured) as its executive director, the group announced in a statement. Van der Veken is the first woman to become the organisation’s Executive Director and replaces Andrew Bone who was appointed in June 2015. Bone said last September that he was planning to step down from the post he had held for four years.
BV Schmuck & Uhren (BVSU) has become the first German jewelry trade association to become a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC). The association, which was founded in 1947 and represents nearly 170 medium-sized companies at the national, European and international levels, announced its decision at the recently concluded Inhorgenta Munich show.
The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has announced that Andrew Bone will be stepping down as its Executive Director, effective 27 March 2019. Andrew Bone has been Executive Director since the spring of 2015. Under his leadership, RJC membership doubled and the organization laid the foundations for sustainable growth in the future, the RJC said in a statement.
The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has announced a series of senior appointments to its Board of Directors as the organisation continues to strengthen its position as the jewellery industry’s foremost standards setting and certification body. The appointments were announced at the RJC’s Annual General Meeting in Moscow on Thursday, 17 May.
The three newly appointed Officers of the Board of Directors are:
India's cut and polished diamond exports increased by 4.2% to $23.7 billion for the financial year 2017-18 (April - March), while the value of rough diamond imports to the manufacturing hub rose by 10.6% to $18.9 billion, according to figures from the Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC). The average price per carat in the category of polished diamond exports saw an 18% increase, from approximately $614 per carat to $725 per carat.
“We want to change the narrative surrounding the diamond industry,” says Diamond Empowerment Fund executive director Nancy Orem Lyman.
Russian diamond mining giant ALROSA has become a certified member of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) by achieving certification against its Code of Practices through meeting the highest ethical, human rights, social and environmental standards as established by the RJC, the two organizations communicated this morning. A large independent audit company has been undertaken to assess ALROSA’s compliance with RJC’s Code of Practices.
The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has appointed Edward Johnson as director of business development to help expand its expertise and drive growth for the organization. Johnson will focus his efforts around developing strategies to drive membership engagement and strengthen the RJC’s relationships with key stakeholders. His role will be integral to evaluating new opportunities for growth and expansion into niche markets, as well as expanding the RJC globally, focusing particularly on Greater China, India and the USA.
In the midst of a five-day Belgian State visit to India, the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) - umbrella organization for the Antwerp diamond industry - joined hands with its Indian counterpart, the Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), to host a roundtable discussion today (Nov. 9) in Mumbai concerning the contributions of the diamond industry to social and economic development.
At the start of Positive Week, an initiative run by Positive Luxury to encourage environmental practises in business, Jo Blake, head of communications at De Beers' brand Forevermark, argued that the regulations that govern diamond mining allow the practice to be more eco-friendly and sustainable than synthetic diamonds, which are hardly regulated at all. “The [synthetics] industry is not particularly regulated in comparison to the natural diamond mining," she said.
Arriving at Antwerp’s splendid 19th century Central Station, with its marble staircases, iron and glass vaulted ceiling and gilded details, shoppers visiting Antwerp are filled with high expectations about the jewelry boutiques awaiting them in the world’s diamond capital. For years these expectations were quickly dashed, as consumers were confronted with myriad uninviting and less-than-reputable jewelry shops once they left the station. Where to turn?
The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), which collaborates on responsible sourcing practices in the jewelry supply chain, has launched its, "New and improved self-assessment workbook to help kick-start 2017 for our members." RJC explains, "The self-assessment workbook helps members self-assess their performance against the RJC Code of Practices (COP).
"As a leading member of the U.S. Jewelry industry, we are writing to express our support for Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the corresponding Securities and Exchange Commission’s Conflict Minerals Rule.
The London Diamond Bourse (LDB) has announced that it is now a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC). This makes LDB the first diamond bourse in the world to join the standards and certification organization. The LDB said its council of management unanimously voted to apply to join the RJC and will now undertake an independent audit to achieve full RJC certification, LDB said in a statement.
The World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO) is celebrating its 90th anniversary this week in Armenia. Describing itself as the “United Nations of the jewellery business,” CIBJO represents the interests of all individuals, organizations and companies earning their livelihoods from jewelry, gemstones and precious metals. CIBJO is the oldest international confederation of national jewelry trade organizations. Its purpose is to encourage harmonization, promote international cooperation in the jewelry industry and to consider issues which concern the trade worldwide.
ALROSA, the world leader in diamond mining, has become a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) since 11 August 2016, writes RJC in a press release. "Consumers around the world are giving great importance to the origin of diamonds in jewelry. We believe it is important to demonstrate to the consumer that diamond mining is a socially responsible business that creates jobs, supports local communities and cares about the environment.
Andrey Polyakov, President of the World Diamond Council and Vice-President of ALROSA, sat down for an interview with Interfax (translation published exclusively by Rough-Polished), covering everything from the work and mission of the World Diamond Council (WDC), the Kimberley Process (KP), the Diamond Producers Association (DPA) and consumer demand for complete information about jewelry, to the possibility of ALROSA joining the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), setting up a diamond tracking program in China and the consumer markets in India, Brazil and the United States
Media Release: The De Beers Group of Companies today announced that its Auction Sales business will launch a limited scope service pilot offering diamond businesses the opportunity to sell certain types of rough diamonds on its online auction platform. The service will only be available to those diamond businesses that adhere to the De Beers Auction Sales Rough Diamond Trading Standard.
The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) is to add colored gemstones to its material coverage following discussions with its members, external stakeholders and the colored-gemstone sector over the past five years, the trade body announced in a press release at the BaselWorld tradeshow. Currently, the RJC covers diamonds, gold and platinum-group metals. The RJC will next revise its code of practices in 2017.
Professional Jeweller attended Signet Jewelers has held a roundtable event in London for the U.K. industry to discuss its Responsible Sourcing Protocol for Diamonds (D-SRSP), which aims to provide increased transparency and continuous improvement in the integrity of the global diamond supply. Signet consulted with De Beers and the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) in developing the D-SRSP which adheres to both De Beers’ Best Practice Principles (BPPs) and RJC standards, the event was told according to Professional Jeweller.
Mr. Chakkrit Bhamornsatit, HR Manager for IGC manufacturing was recently bestowed with the high honour title of “Officer in the order of Leopold II” by H.E. Marc Michielsen, Belgian Ambassador in Thailand, granted by HRH King Philippe of Belgium for honourable services rendered in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility projects. Mr. Chakkrit’s devotion to people in need started in the eighties when he worked as a UNHCR volunteer in refugee camps along the Thai-Cambodian border. From 1993 onwards, Mr.
The Jewelry Industry Summit, an open forum on sustainability and responsible sourcing in the jewelry industry, has announced some of names of speakers and session presenters for its March 11-13 conference in New York. “The summit is organized to hear all viewpoints, from miners to retailers,” said Barbara Wheat, executive vice president of the Natural Color Diamond Association, who is a member of the planning committee.
India’s diamond industry is highly complex with thousands of small, unregistered players concentrated in the cutting and polishing sector.
Longtime De Beers executive Andrew Bone will take over the role of executive director of the Responsible Jewellery Council, sources tell JCK. A three-decade veteran of De Beers, Bone served as the company’s global head of government and industry relations and also served as vice president of the World Diamond Council. The appointment marks something of a shift for the group. Its two previous CEOs had NGO backgrounds, and it seems to signal that the organization is prioritizing greater outreach to the trade.
The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has announced the certification of Chamilia (Sworovski Group Brand), De Beers Diamond Jewellers and Buzio Snc, bringing the total of newly certified members in June to seven. The list of new members is included in the article attached. Chamilia vice president, global merchandising and marketing Catherine Ottaviano said, “It is so important that the industry cooperate with standards to ensure business practices that benefit the consumer and our world."
Industry analyst Ari Kravitz presents the most salient and intertwined themes that emerged from the Rapaport conferences at JCK Las Vegas. A few key takeaways: desire for diamonds is largely dependent upon confidence in the product; this desire must be instilled and fostered; this involves improving the quality of retail and marketing content and ensuring a level playing field; and finally, confidence can only be safeguarded by reliable grading and the assurance of responsible sourcing.
Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) announced that Rosy Blue NV, Belgium-based diamantaire and one of its founding members, has achieved re-certification by meeting the highest ethical, social and environmental standards established by the RJC. “As a proud founding and active RJC member, we believe the RJC’s Code of Practices helps us progress towards meaningful social responsibility, tackling the issues most essential to our industry. [We] will continue to engage in upholding and promoting the highest ethical standards in the diamond value chain.” said Mr.
Mazars Switzerland announced in a press release its certification as an auditor by the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC). This accreditation allows Mazars to offer its expertise as an RJC-accredited auditor and to further connect with other companies looking to join or already affiliated with this international non-profit organization.
Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has announce that the following members have achieved Certification by meeting the highest ethical, human rights, social and environmental standards as established by the RJC:
AMC NV, Eloquence Corporation, Zuri Star BVBA, Hockley Mint Ltd, Laser Service Srl Unipersonale and PAMP S.A. (Chain-of-Custody).
The Responsible Jewellery Council's directors will restructure the body's management team and introduce the position of executive director in place of former CEO, Ashish Deo, who has left the organization. RJC Chairman James Courage, or vice chair Charles Chaussepied, is expected to speak about the changes at the RJC's annual general meeting in Mumbai next week.