Platinum’s rare nature gives it additional value and appeal

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Marco Carniello: We want to continue to be the engine boosting the jewellery industry

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06 september 2021

There is a significant need for smart and technological financial solutions in the diamond industry

MDPS, the Israeli start-up Fintech company from the Mazalit Group is gearing up to enter the diamond industry soon. Zeev Maimon, the CEO of MDPS is also the Founder / CEO of MAZALIT, a B2B payment platform designed and dedicated to the global diamond...

30 august 2021

The future for synthetics lies in that it has become possible to grow a stone you want and make what you want out of it

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23 august 2021

De Beers’ GemFair ropes in more than 160 Sierra Leone artisanal miners

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CIBJO releases an overview of its 'Responsible Sourcing Blue Book'

20 september 2019

cibjo_logo.jpgCIBJO has released an overview of its Responsible Sourcing Blue Book. The Book defines a universally agreed-to set of recommended responsible sourcing principles that can be applied by all members of the jewelry industry. The report was prepared by the CIBJO Responsible Sourcing Commission, headed by Philip Olden.
The report outlines a program initiated by the CIBJO' Responsible Sourcing Commission with the Coloured Gemstone Working Group and facilitated by The Dragonfly Initiative. This program involves the creation of an online toolkit that will provide supporting documentation to help companies address the Responsible Sourcing Blue Book guidance.
The toolkit will be presented at the upcoming CIBJO Congress in Bahrain and will be made freely available to the industry.
"CIBJO has steadfastly stated that no ethical member or company in the jewelry business should be denied the opportunity to participate because, at any particular point in time, it lacks the financial capacity to meet the demands of a compliance system," said Olden. "At the same time, CIBJO does not accept the contention that a company with limited financial resources should be exempt from conducting any form of responsible sourcing due diligence," he added.

Aruna Gaitonde, Editor in Chief of the Asian Bureau, Rough & Polished