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CIBJO President: Harmonisation of standards, terminology and testing methods critical for Chinese trade's development

06 march 2019

cibjo_logo.jpgStrict adherence to agreed-to grading standards, nomenclature and methods of testing are prerequisites for the development of the gemstone and jewellery industries in China, which are keen to establish a leading position internationally, and in the Asia-Pacific region in particular, CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri told audiences in Hong Kong.
The CIBJO President was a keynote speaker at the two seminars which took place during the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show, organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the CIBJO reported. 

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There is a readiness among the authorities involved in the reform of the standardisation process in China to defer to standards devised by non-governmental standard-setting organisations, such as CIBJO in the jewellery and gemstone sectors, the CIBJO President noted. "I would strongly recommend that Chinese organisations like the National Gemstone Testing Centre not only adopt the 'association standards' articulated in CIBJO's Blue Book system, but also play a greater role in helping formulate the Blue Book standards, so as to ensure that they meet the requirements of your domestic market, and also the markets through the Asia-Pacific area," he stated.
Dr. Cavalieri proposed that NGTC lobby the Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance  of APEC, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Alliance, to develop common standards and nomenclature, based on the CIBJO Blue Books, in the 21 member countries - not only for diamonds, but also coloured gemstones, pearls, precious coral and precious metals, and possibly precious materials with which China has a uniquely special relationship, like jade. "CIBJO will be your partner in the venture," he said.

Alex Shishlo, Editor in Chief of the European Bureau, Rough&Polished, Brussels