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CIBJO President Delivers Keynote Address on Traceability Standards at Jewelry Summit

It specifically focused on their significance for the growth of the business in China.

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CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri being recognized by Simon Chen during the International Jewelry Standardization Summit in Shanghai on November 8, 2019.

(PRESS RELEASE) MILAN, ITALY — CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri has delivered the keynote address at the International Jewelry Standardization Summit in Shanghai on November 8, 2019, which was held in parallel with the Second China International Import Expo that is taking place in the city. In his presentation, he focused on the importance of origin traceability standards for the future of the jewelry sector, focusing specifically on their significance for the growth of the business in China.

The summit was co-organized by the China Gem & Jade Exchange, which recently joined CIBJO as a national association member. It was one a number of conferences being held during the China International Import Expo, in which the Chinese government is seeking to promote the opening of the giant Chinese market to the international trade.

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Full traceability is very difficult in the jewelry sector, and is generally limited to a small number of companies that control the full range of production, from the mine through retail, the CIBJO president said. There are also a growing number of technological solutions, many of them using blockchain, where every time a gemstone, jewelry component or full item of jewelry changes hands, the transfer of ownership or custody is recorded.

“These are all exciting developments, but currently they are effective with only a small number of the materials flowing through the chain of distribution,” Dr. Cavalieri said. “Consequently, if we are going to talk about systems that encompass the bulk of materials that we handle, we have to look for administrative solutions. This means creating paper trails, or more appropriately for the world in which the live, digital trails.”

“What we essentially are talking about is doing due diligence. In other words, carrying out a series of acts that essentially verify that all the parties supplying you have also done the appropriate due diligence,” he continued.

CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri being recognized by Simon Chen, executive vice president of the China Gems & Jade Exchange, during the International Jewelry Standardization Summit in Shanghai on November 8, 2019.
Describing a number of the existing due diligence systems being used in the industry, including those mandated by law, like the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, national Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regimes, the Dodd Frank Act the European Union’s conflict minerals regulations, as well other industry enforced systems, some of which require third-party auditing, Dr. Cavalieri introduced CIBJO’s new Responsible Sourcing Blue Book of standards and guidelines, which was approved at the beginning of this year.

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“Like the other CIBJO Blue Books, the standards and guidelines contained in the proposed CIBJO Responsible Sourcing document are recommendations, as opposed to conditions of membership,” he stated. “However, they should come to serve as benchmarks for responsible sourcing systems developed and applied by industry organizations and commercial bodies worldwide, and by governments.”

“An operating principle of the Responsible Sourcing document is that it will be inclusive, meaning that there is an expectation that the standards, guidelines and systems that it describes can reasonably be applied by all members of the industry, irrespective of size or financial capacity, Dr. Cavalieri stressed.

“Does this trace every component in an item of jewelry back to that specific part of the world in which it was sourced?” Dr. Cavalieri asked.

“No, it does not, and given the structural complexities of an industry such as ours, it is unlikely that any such system, covering most if not all the jewelry in the value chain, will ever be created,” he said. “But what it does is help create system by which every participant becomes a link in a chain of trust. Together we provide the commitment to integrity that our consumers require. This will work on one condition, and that is we all play our part. And to that we need common standards, which apply in China, as they do in Italy, or in any other part of the world.”

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Lark & Berry Launches Collaborative Collection in Design Partnership with HBO ‘Vikings’ Star, Alicia Agneson

It will debut a new 15-piece fine jewelry.

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(PRESS RELEASE) LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM — Disrupting cultured diamonds jewelry brand Lark & Berry is set to debut a new 15-piece fine jewelry range in design partnership with HBO ‘Vikings’ actress Alicia Agneson, aptly named ‘Alicia.’ Lark & Berry’s new Alicia Agneson designed range will feature jewelry crafted in 14k yellow gold, and 18k white gold with the brand’s signature cultured diamonds and sapphires. All new pieces will be available starting December 2019 online at larkandberry.com ,as well as in Lark & Berry’s flagship Marylebone, London location just steps away from Selfridge’s.

Agneson’s keen eye for detail and inventive design has yielded pieces that are sleek in style, with unusual cuts of stones and delicate cultured diamonds. As a compliment to Lark & Berry’s Veto Petals necklaces and earrings, the new Agneson-designed Alicia set also features inspiration from the natural environment, in the form of “leaves” hanging from diamond cut chains, creating a sense of movement.

“I made the decision a year back to be more environmentally conscious. It resulted in me taking the decision to never again wear newly made clothes. That led to Lark & Berry and me finding each other,” Agneson states. “With Lark & Berry, I share the same love for the smaller beauties in life but with a conscious mind along the way. Designing the Alicia collection has been a hugely exciting from start to end, with all the hours spent in the studio finding what represents both me and the brand. I’m proud over what we’ve accomplished, and I hope we can together open eyes to cultured stones. We can be beautiful and save the planet at the same time, bit by bit.”

Lark & Berry’s 3 new high-jewelry pieces are crafted in 18k white gold and feature beautiful, elongated cultured forest green quartz paired with grey cultured pearls. This includes is a unique new radiant pearl necklace with forest green quartz and diamond clasp, designed to give the wearer the option to self-style the piece in multiple ways.

The open cocktail ring from this range sits well alongside the 14K yellow gold cocktail rings, including a 11.4ct violet sapphire in an emerald cut with double talon claws and a 6.1ct burnt orange sapphire ring with stunning diamond set leaf detail in the setting.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have such a creative, prestige-actress as Alicia joining us to design a collection. Alicia’s love of nature and sustainable fashion inspired the naturalistic features of this new collection,” said Lark & Berry founder Laura Chavez.

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Gem Legacy Offers Year-End Giving Opportunities

Jewelers can demonstrate to clients their commitment to colored-gem supply chain sustainability.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ROYAL OAK, MI — Gem Legacy, a 501c3 nonprofit organization launched in 2018 and dedicated to supporting gem mining communities in East Africa, is offering members of the gem and jewelry industry a quantifiable and tangible avenue for making year-end charitable donations. Those who contribute will be supporting a cause that positively impacts small colored-gem miners and their communities.

Contributors will also be given pre-written materials to immediately announce their donations to their clients during the holiday giving season.

Year-end giving opportunities include:

  • A $750 sponsorship for young adults to receive a four-month training program in gem faceting, gemology and gem identification
  • A $550 scholarship for secondary school fees for Kenyan orphans in gem sourcing communities
  • A $200 donation to adopt an in-need family in a gem sourcing community for the holidays

Industry members who make a donation to any of these initiatives will receive a pre-written message and photo they can use for email or social media posting. The materials will reference the gem-mining location and initiative that will benefit.

Gem Legacy gives 100% of donations directly to its initiatives, which are located in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi. All focus on entrepreneurship, education and in-need children in gem mining locales. Other kinds of donations and fundraising ideas can be found on gemlegacy.org/partners and interested parties can create their own fundraising efforts from the templated materials.

“We are so excited to provide this opportunity to the global gem and jewelry trade: giving back to those who have given us the foundations of our businesses,” said Roger Dery, executive director of Gem Legacy. “Gem Legacy is committed to exponentially expanding the positive impact of gemstones on sourcing communities and sharing a public image of how gemstones are improving lives within these often challenged areas.”

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Alisa Announces New Ownership

It’s effective the beginning of 2020.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Alisa, best known for its versatile and affordable fine jewelry products in sterling silver, 18K gold and diamonds for 25 years, will be under new ownership effective the beginning of 2020. Industry veterans Marci and Adam Staub will head the company as its new principals. “We are delighted that the Alisa brand will continue to be available to our many loyal retailers through such highly talented people,” say current owners Lisa and Fred Morgan. “We know Marci and Adam very well for more than a decade. They are true professionals in our industry ̶ knowledgeable, innovative, energetic, and customer service oriented ̶ and they will be fabulous for the brand’s ongoing success.”

Marci and Adam have 35 years of extensive experience in the fine jewelry industry, including design, manufacturing, wholesale and retail. Adam is a Graduate Gemologist – GIA and a member of the 24K Club in the Southeast region. “Adam and I are excited to continue the tradition of Alisa’s well designed Italian-made fine jewelry while creatively expanding the product line as we go forward,” says Marci. “The company’s high quality exclusive jewelry, with its distinctive signature style, has a classic and timeless appeal for many U.S. retailers and their discriminating customers.”

The Morgans will be assisting Marci and Adam during the ownership transition, which is expected to be seamless. To find out more about Alisa and their fine jewelry products, log on to alisadesigns.com. For additional information regarding the change of ownership, please call 888.253.6600 or contact marci@alisadesigns.com or adam@alisadesigns.com.

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