2012 conference decides to revive Ethics Committee and launch others.

The World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO), concluded its annual conference held in Vicenza, Italy, over the weekend with several decisions made to establish “value-adding service bodies” for jewellery association members.

CIBJO has decided to launch and re-establish a number of bodies that will be affiliated with the organisation, while also being available to its commercial members.


These will include the creation of CIBJO’s Trade Show Commission and a Security, Insurance and Logistics Working Group, both of which will provide improved services and support for members of bodies associated with CIBJO.

CIBJO’s board of directors also agreed to reactivate the CIBJO Ethics Commission, chaired by Cecilia Gardner, CIBJO’s legal counsel and president and chief executive of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee in the United States.

A dedicated coral working group will also be created, to focus on the issues specifically faced by coral jewellery manufacturers.

A Strategic Task Force, headed by Israel Diamond Institute chairman Eli Avidar, will also be founded. This will focus on expanding membership in CIBJO and international relations.

CIBJO’s president Gaetano Cavalieri said: "The addition of these various bodies within CIBJO are of critical importance.

“Not only do they expand the tangible benefits that our members are able to offer their members through their association with CIBJO, but they strengthen our ability to tackle both new and developing challenges facing our industry."

A number of amendments to CIBJO’s blue books were also approved by the board of directors.

CIBJO is also set to adapt its Blue books and other published material in order for them to read on smart phones and tablet devices such as iPads.

The General Assembly also approved a resolution supporting the call last week by the World Diamond Council to begin discussions about widening the definition of conflict diamonds in the statutes of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme.