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RJC gathers the industry in Switzerland

The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) held its first European chain-of-custody consultation meeting and its annual panel discussion at luxury watch and jewellery trade fair Baselworld 2017 last week.

RJC members, industry experts and various other stakeholders gathered at the Basel Congress Centre on March 23 to hear an update from the RJC as well as the latest developments on the EU regulation on conflict minerals, presented by guest speaker Ruth Crowell, chief executive officer of London Bullion Market Association.

A panel of industry professionals, including Dr Thomas Hainschwang from GGTL Laboratories, Eleonora Rizzuto from Bulgari, Jack Cunningham from Gemfields and Jean Claude Michelou from the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) all took to the stage to talk about responsible gemstone sourcing best practices and to share insights with the audience on how they approach supply chain integrity and ethical sourcing business practices.

In addition, on March 22, the RJC also held a workshop on the proposed changes to the RJC standards, with a focus on the chain of custody. Hosted by RJC standards and impacts director Anne-Marie Fleury and RJC assurance and standards coordinator Peter Dawkins, the workshop was attended by more than 20 stakeholders who took part in the discussion, providing technical knowledge and industry insight on the topics raised.

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