CIBJO Pearl Commission reiterates Blue Book’s status as definitive reference, and considers harmonized grading system

With fewer than three weeks to go to the opening of the 2015 CIBJO Congress in Salvador, Brazil, on May 4, 2015, the sixth of the CIBJO commissions' Special Reports has been released. Prepared by the CIBJO Pearl Commission, headed by Kenneth Scarratt, the report outlines the agenda of the commission at the gathering, including updating the Pearl Blue Book and considering the creation of a harmonized pearl grading system.

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CIBJO Gemmological Commission to focus in Brazil on issues related to nomenclature and identification

With fewer than four weeks to go to the opening of the 2015 CIBJO Congress in Salvador, Brazil, on May 4, 2015, the fifth of the CIBJO commissions' Special Reports has been released. Prepared by the CIBJO Gemmological Commission, headed by Hanco Zwaan, the report looks at issues related to nomenclature and identification, and in particular how these have contributed to alleged inconsistencies in the results reported by different laboratories.

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Registration opens for social tour programme, preceding and during CIBJO Congress in Brazil

Online registration is now open for two sets of social tours being offered to delegates and accompanying persons, respectively just prior to and during the CIBJO Congress in Salvador, Brazil, which will take place May 4 to May 6.

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Grading reports and grading laboratory standards and practices to be focus of special conference at 2015 CIBJO Congress

Representatives of leading gem laboratories will join diamond, gemstone and jewellery industry leaders in Salvador, Brazil, on May 6, for a special conference on the first day of the 2015 CIBJO Congress, which will focus specifically on the standards and practices used by grading laboratories in the industry, and the quality of the grading reports they produce. More specifically they will consider the divergence of standards and results that are prevalent in the industry.

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Addressing ethical sourcing, Coloured Stone Commission says local community interests must be served before marketing interests

With fewer than six weeks to go to the opening of the 2015 CIBJO Congress in Salvador, Brazil, on May 4, 2015, the fourth of the CIBJO commissions' Special Reports has been released. Prepared by the CIBJO Coloured Stone Commission, headed by Nilam Alawdeen, the report looks at the impact of measures being introduced ensure that coloured gemstones are sourced in ethical manner.

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Registration now open for Bahia gem-mine tour immediately following CIBJO Congress 2015

Registration is now open for a gem-mine tour in the Brazilian state of Bahia, for participants in the 2015 CIBJO Congress, which will take place in Salvador da Bahia, May 4-6. The tour will be depart from Salvador on May 7, returning to the city three days later, on May 10.

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