The 2014 CIBJO Congress, hosted by the Russian Jewellers’ Guild, is scheduled to take place in Moscow, Russia from May 19-21, 2014 at the headquarters of the Guild, the main venue of the congress, with pre-congress meetings starting two days earlier on May 17, 2014.
In anticipation of holding this international conference, the CIBJO – The World Jewellery Confederation – has already released seven of its sectorial commissions’ special reports that will be taken up for discussion and approval at the congress sessions. The eighth and perhaps the last CIBJO special report, prepared by the CIBJO EU Committee was released just today, with only one week left for the opening of the 2014 CIBJO Congress.
The CIBJO Marketing & Education Commission, headed by Jonathan Kendall, released its report on March 26, 2014, announcing the start of a project aimed at measuring the jewellery industry’s impact on the environment .
The CIBJO Precious Metals Commission, headed by Michael Allchin released its special report on April 2, 2014 that looks at CIBJO’s lobbying efforts in Europe in respect of pending legislation concerning imports of gold from areas of conflict and a redraft of the EU’s nickel release standard.
The CIBJO Diamond Commission, headed by Udi Sheintal, released its special report on April 9, 2014 that focuses on the challenge posed by the influx of synthetic diamonds into the pipeline, and announced that on the first afternoon of the congress, on Monday, May 19, a special conference will be held to examine the issue, featuring several of the leading experts in the field and a cross section of the industry’s leadership.
The CIBJO Coloured Stone Commission, headed by Nilam Alawdeen, released its special report on April 16, 2014 that focusses on the proper disclosure of gemstone treatments and modifications, and in particular about how lead glass-filled rubies should be properly qualified.
The CIBJO Ethics Commission, headed by Cecilia Gardner, released its report on April 23, 2014 that looks specifically at ethical advertising principles and standards for the gemstone and jewelry sectors.
the CIBJO Gemmological Commission, headed by Hanco Zwaan, released its report on April 30, 2014 that considers how gem labs may act to promote the harmonisation of standards and nomenclature.
The CIBJO Pearl Commission, headed by Kenneth Scarratt, released its report on May 7, 2014 that considers the subject of a unified pearl grading system, which currently is being worked upon within CIBJO and which will be on the agenda of the Pearl Commission, when it meets at the congress on May 20.
The CIBJO EU Committee, headed by CIBJO president Gaetano Cavalieri and coordinated by Thilo Brückner, released its report today, May 12, 2014, which looks at liaison activities conducted by CIBJO with the European Commission, with the goal of advancing the interests of the jewelry industry in the countries of the European Union.
Each of the above reports is available for downloading at the CIBJO’s website.
CIBJO Congresses serve as the official gathering place for the World Jewellery Confederation’s Assembly of Delegates, and also as the platform for the annual meetings of CIBJO’s sectoral commissions, where amendments can be introduced to the organisation’s definitive directories of international industry standards for diamonds, coloured stones, pearls, gem labs and precious metals, known as the Blue Books.
The CIBJO Congress is also where the programme of World Jewellery Confederation Education Foundation (WJCEF) and CIBJO’s ongoing cooperation with the United Nations is reported upon.
The official hotel for the period of the congress is the five-star Hotel Nikol’skaya Kempinski, one of Moscow’s most prestigious establishments, which is offering especially low rates for attendees of the CIBJO congress. Located in an historic building that was constructed in 1870, it is situated in the heart of historic Moscow, within short walking distance from the Kremlin, Red Square and the Bolshoi theatre.