Fair Trade Conference

JCK Las Vegas Watch and Jewelry Show
June 2, 2013 2:00 - 4:30pm
Banyan Ballroom, Mandalay Bay


Source Certification and RJC Chain-of-Custody Certification

  1. Introduction
  2. How can the diamond and jewelry industry be sure that the products they sell are legitimately sourced?
  3. How do we move forward from the development of standards to the implementation of source verification, auditing and certification programs?
  4. What programs currently exist? What are their benefits and limitations? Can gold certification programs be extended to diamonds, gems and other metals?
  5. What about products sourced from areas where source certification is impossible or too expensive to implement? Will source certification negatively impact the income of artisanal diggers? Can this be avoided?
  6. Where do we draw the line when it comes to implementing ethical standards?
  7. What can be done now about current health hazards in the diamond and gem industry, like silicosis in India and the contaminated drinking water in African mines?
  8. How can source-certified products be identified at the consumer level?
  9. What impact will source certification have on the marketing and sale of non-certified products?