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Head of Jewelry Council Is Stepping Down

He’s leaving March 27.

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LONDON – The Responsible Jewellery Council announced that Andrew Bone will step down as its executive director, effective March 27.

Bone has been executive director since spring 2015. Under his leadership, “RJC membership doubled and the organization laid the foundations for sustainable growth in the future,” according to a press release from the group. 

No reason was given in the announcement for his planned departure.

“It has been a pleasure and a rare privilege to have served this unique organisation as Executive Director,” Bone said in the release. “We have undertaken the review of our standards and laid the ground for the inclusion of coloured gems and silver. In addition, we have grown the management team and provided them with the resources to build on past success as welook ahead to a successful future.”

David Bouffard, chairman of the Responsible Jewellery Council, said, “We are grateful for Andrew’s leadership at the Responsible Jewellery Council in supporting the continuous improvement in the integrity of the global jewellery supply chain. His vision has further established the Responsible Jewellery Council as the standards and certification organization for the global jewellry industry. The Board offers our sincere thanks to Andrew for his commitment and service.”

The Responsible Jewellery Council Board of Directors has begun a global search for a successor.RJC is a nonprofit standard-setting and certification organization. It has more than 1,100 member companies that span the jewelry supply chain, from mine to retail.

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Members commit to and are independently audited against the RJC Code of Practices, an international standard on responsible business practices for diamonds, gold and platinum group metals.

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