The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has announced a review of its scope to include coloured gemstones.
The initiative is the result of discussion and collaboration with the organisation’s current membership, external stakeholders and the coloured gemstone sector over the past five years.
Board of directors chairman of the RJC, Charles Chaussepied, says: “We’ve had an enthusiastic response from our valued membership, industry and external parties about going ahead with this initiative.”
Its material scope currently includes diamonds, gold and platinum group metals, and the expansion is the focus of a major study due to launch later this month.
Executive director of the RJC, Andrew Bone, says: “It made perfect sense to announce this key initiative at the Baselworld Fair. The RJC enjoys a strong supporter status with the fair and to have the opportunity to present this announcement in the foremost transparent and ethical trading environment is important to us.”