CIBJO urges gemmologists to become watch dogs


Cavalieri emphasises the importance of advancing consumer confidence.

At an industry gathering in Paris this month, CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri urged the gemmological sector to commit itself to advancing consumer confidence issues.

Gaetano spoke at the ‘11th Rendez Vous Gemmologiques de Paris’ and the ‘Fourth European Gemmological Symposium,’ which were jointly organized in Paris and held at Luxembourg Palace, the seat of the French Senate, on September 6.

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During the event, experts and researchers from the UK, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Switzerland and France, delivered lectures and presentations on the latest topics in gemmology.

Cavalieri delivered a presentation entitled ‘Beyond the Facets – ethics, social responsibility and the business of gemmology,’ in which he made a passionate call on the gemmological community to take a proactive role in pushing forward consumer confidence issues.

He said: "You all take part in some stage of the pipeline … none of you is an observer or bystander, and therefore, what happens in the industry is also your responsibility. We expect you to be the watch dogs, the whistleblowers if need be, the gatekeepers of the industry’s ethics. You have access to information, are observing the industry and making a living from it. You are part – willingly or unwillingly – of the team of the industry’s defenders."

Representing the president of the French Senate, Senator André Ferrand presented Dr. Cavalieri with a Medal of Honor on behalf of France. In awarding the medal, the senator said that CIBJO was working tirelessly to advance business ethics, social practices and impressed on [jewellery] professionals to accept their responsibilities.

Since its inception in 1998, the Rendez Vous Gemmologiques de Paris, organized by the French Association of Gemmology (AFG) and its president Didier Giard, has hosted nearly 3,000 gemmologists from 50 different nationalities.

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