The Diamond Commission of The World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO) has released its annual report ahead of the 2010 CIBJO Congress, which is due to open in Munich, Germany, on February 19. In the report, the commission calls for a renewed effort to reach industry-wide agreement on nomenclature that accurately distinguishes between natural and synthetic diamonds.
In the report, Udi Sheintal and Jon Phillips, the president and vice president of the Diamond Commission, respectively, note that they will be meeting with representatives of the International Diamond Council in London before the start of the CIBJO Congress, to investigate whether progress can be made in creating a joint set of nomenclature for natural and synthetic diamonds. "Hopefully all participating parties will concur that the lack of an agreed to nomenclature for diamonds - natural and synthetic - ultimately will affect consumer confidence negatively across the globe," they wrote.
At the 2009 CIBJO Congress in Istanbul, the organization decided not to effect any change in the nomenclature permitted for gem-quality synthetic diamonds. This means that, at present, the only descriptor permitted by CIBJO is the adjective "synthetic"; any of the additional terms that were proposed, such as "man-made," "laboratory-grown," "laboratory created" or "[company name]- created" are not included in the current nomenclature.
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