Milan, Italy September 16, 2010

CIBJO President Gaetano urged an audience at a major gemmological gathering in Paris to commit themselves to advancing consumer confidence issues.

He spoke at the 11th Rendez Vous Gemmologiques de Paris as well as at the Fourth European Gemmological Symposium  that were jointly organized in Paris and held at Luxembourg Palace, the seat of the French Senate, on September 6. 

With a range of renowned speakers from the UK, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Switzerland and France, a wide variety of experts and researchers delivered lectures and presentations on the latest topics in gemmology. 

Cavalieri delivered a presentation entitled Beyond the Facets ethics, social responsibility and the business of gemmology, in which he made a passionate call on the gemmological community to take a proactive role in pushing forward consumer confidence issues.

You all take part in some stage of the pipeline… none of you is an observer or bystander, and therefore, what happens in the industry is also your responsibility, he told the audience.

We expect you to be the watch dogs, the whistleblowers if need be, the gatekeepers of the industrys ethics. You have access to information, are observing the industry and making a living from it. You are part, willingly or unwillingly, of the team of the industrys defenders, Cavalieri said.

The delegates were welcomed by Pierre Simon, President of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry and by Bernadette Pinet Cuoq, President of the Union Francaise de la Bijouterie, Joaillerie, Orfevrerie, des Pierres & des Perles, who also serves as vice president of Sector C of CIBJO.

Representing the president of the French Senate, Senator Andre Ferrand presented Dr. Cavalieri with a Medal of Honor on behalf of France. In awarding the medal, the senator said that CIBJO is working tirelessly to advance business ethics, social practices and impresses on jewellery professionals to accept their responsibilities. CIBJO is the industrys beacon for ethics, corporate and social responsibility, he said.

Since its inception in 1998, the Rendez Vous Gemmologiques de Paris, organized by the French Association of Gemmology AFG and its president Didier Giard, has hosted nearly 3,000 gemmologists from 50 different nationalities.

CIBJO is the international jewellery confederation of national trade organizations. CIBJOs purpose is to encourage harmonization, promote international cooperation in the jewellery industry and to consider issues which concern the trade worldwide. CIBJOs chief mission is to protect consumer confidence in the industry. Click here to go to the CIBJO website for more information. 

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