RJC welcomes lifting of Zimbabwe diamond ban

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Council congratulates participants on the outcome of the KP meeting.

The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has announced its welcome of the Kimberley Process (KP) decision to lift the ban on the export of rough diamonds from Zimbabwe’s Marange region.

The agreement was reached during the World Diamond Council Meeting in St. Petersburg on July 15.

The RJC has congratulated the participants of the negotiations and particularly acknowledged the efforts of KP chairman Boaz Hirsch, World Diamond Council chairman Eli Izhakoff, Jewelers of America president & chief executive Matt Runci, Rio Tinto general manager of external affairs and RJC vice chairman John Hall, Jewelers Vigilance Committee chief executive Cecilia Gardener, WFDM president Avi Paz and IDMA president Moti Ganz, as well as the government and civil society delegations to the St. Petersburg meeting.

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RJC chief executive Michael Rae said: “The RJC Code of Practices includes four provisions requiring conformance with the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) for rough diamonds. Full compliance with the KPCS is vital for RJC Members and for the entire jewellery industry. As part of the RJC Certification process, RJC Members will undergo independent, third party auditing of their relevant business practices to evidence their conformance with the RJC’s requirements for KPCS compliance.”

RJC recently established a Consultative Panel of external stakeholders to engage in ongoing standards development activities with the Council. As part of this, the RJC and its Consultative Panel will be focusing on investigating the feasibility of chain-of-custody certification for the diamond, gold and platinum jewellery supply chains.

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