Our main role is to inspire consumers to consider diamonds - Jean-Marc Lieberherr

With over 25 years of experience in a variety of leadership positions across many geographies, functions and businesses, Jean-Marc Lieberherr has more than 10 years’ experience as a diamond industry leader, which includes as a Board member of the World...

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Training in diamond valuation is key for artisanal miners

Ian Rowe, the Executive Director of the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) was appointed in September 2019, having joined DDI as Deputy Executive Director a year earlier. Ian managed field operations in Sierra Leone within this role and led...

02 december 2019

Kangalassi 2.0: Raising the living standards, creating new jobs

At the V Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) held in early September in Vladivostok, the Yakut company SAYBM signed a tripartite agreement with two agencies - the Far Eastern agency and the regional one - for attracting investments and providing export...

25 november 2019

We live in a new dimension of environmental responsibility carried by business

In mid-October, Moscow hosted the VIII Ecological Forum attended by representatives from the State, large industrial companies, scientific and public organizations. The forum delegates discussed the issues related to finding a balance between the socio-economic...

18 november 2019

De Beers’ GemFair delivering ‘positive impacts’ to ASM sector in Sierra Leone – David Johnson

GemFair, a pilot project developed by De Beers to create a secure and transparent route to market ethically sourced artisanal and small-scale mined (ASM) diamonds, is already delivering “important positive impacts” in Sierra Leone. Group head...

11 november 2019

CIBJO Congress 2019 in Bahrain concludes

21 november 2019

cibjo_logo.jpgThe 2019 CIBJO Congress concluded in Bahrain, with the World Jewellery Confederation’s Board of Directors voting to establish a series of new committees. One among them was to focus on operating practices, specifically to the laboratory-grown diamond trade; and another to focus on impacts of new technologies on the jewellery, gemstone and precious metals sectors.
According to the Board, the Laboratory-Grown Diamond Committee will operate under the umbrella of the CIBJO’s Diamond Commission. It is being created from an ad hoc working group, which was established at the 2018 CIBJO Congress in Colombia; and over the past year prepared a guidance document that was present at a session in Bahrain. The working group included CIBJO officers and officials, representatives, both the laboratory-grown diamond sector, the natural diamond sector and a leading gemmological laboratory.
CIBJO’s objective in creating the Laboratory-grown Diamond Committee was to formulate a set of working rules that will enable the natural and laboratory-grown diamond sectors to work alongside each other, and grow and flourish but not at the expense of the other, and maintain the consumer’s trust and confidence.
The new Technology Committee will draw on expertise from across the jewellery sector, with the goals of developing understandings of the disruptive technologies that are likely to impact the industry in the coming years. Among them is Artificial Intelligence (AI), which could be transformative for the jewellery and gemstone sector, because it takes over decision-making functions that to date have been performed by people. 
The third new committee established by the Board will be charged with fundraising for CIBJO.
CIBJO’s new Board of Directors were sworn in 2019 election, with Dr Cavalieri, President being confirmed for another two-year term in office. Two new vice presidents were elected to serve along the CIBJO’s long-time Vice President Roland Naftule. They are Jonathan Kendall of the De Beers Group of Companies and Pramod Agarwal, the current Chairman of India’s Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council.

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