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For the first time CIBJO attends the Hallmarking Convention
The intent is to build better industry ties
By: Diamond World News Service
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Oct 3 2009 2:06PM
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CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation attended the 65th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Hallmarking Convention, in Geneva, Switzerland, as a step to build stronger ties with the organisation. The meeting took place on September 21. It was the first time that the World Jewellery Confederation, represented by Dr. Gaetano Cavalieri, president, and Michael Allchin, president of CIBJO's Precious Metals Commission, attended such a meeting.

CIBJO President Dr. Cavalieri proposed that the Hallmarking Convention would hold one of its future annual meetings in association with an annual CIBJO Congress. "Hallmarking is at the heart of assuring consumer confidence in precious metals," Cavalieri noted. "The members of Hallmarking Convention have a vested interest in cooperating as closely as possible with CIBJO and its members."

Michael Allchin noted that the official delegates of the members countries to the Hallmarking Convention's meetings are mostly civil servants and government functionaries who have little knowledge of or exposure to the various operators in the jewellery supply pipeline, their products and their businesses. In his words, "By holding a Hallmarking Convention meeting in association with a CIBJO Congress, the Hallmarking Convention delegates will have a chance to meet jewellery manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and designers, i.e. those industry operators whose lives their work affects but with whom they may never have met yet and spoken with before”.

The Convention on the Control and Marking of Articles of Precious Metals (also known under "Hallmarking Convention" or "Vienna Convention") is an international treaty between Contracting States, and has the aim of facilitating cross-border trade of precious metal articles. Its mandate and scope is strictly limited to the control of the precious metal content - not to health, security or other aspects of precious metals articles. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Ronald W.A. Le Bas of the Irish Assay Office, assisted by Mr. Bjarne Bang Christensen (Denmark), Deputy Chairman and attended by 53 officials, representing the Convention's 19 Contracting States; two applicants states - Sri Lanka and Ukraine; and attendees from Croatia and Serbia.

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