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Chopard, HRD Antwerp Join the RJC

RJC's Membership Exceeds 200
Apr 15, 2010 6:18 AM   By Responsible Jewellery Council
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Press Release: The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) announced today that two international organizations headquartered in the European market have joined the Council’s membership.

Chopard, one of the world's leading watch and jewelry brands, and HRD Antwerp, a well-known diamond laboratory, join more than 200 companies and trade associations as RJC members. 

Under the RJC system, all commercial members of the RJC are required to be audited by accredited, third-party auditors to verify their conformance with the RJC’s Code of Practices and become certified. The RJC Certification System is unmatched in any other industry for the quality and breadth of its scope and standards and the integrity and transparency of its developmental process. 

“l am delighted that Chopard and HRD Antwerp have become members of the Responsible Jewellery Council,” says Michael Rae, the RJC’s chief executive officer (CEO). “Chopard’s membership of the RJC will reinforce the council’s mission of responsible business practices amongst large and small industry players.”

“By joining and supporting the Responsible Jewellery Council, Chopard underlines its strong commitment to corporate responsibility and integrity,” says Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, co-president of Chopard.

“HRD Antwerp will add an impressive level of expertise from the Belgian diamond industry to the RJC’s efforts. They have made a commitment to join with the RJC’s Standards Committee on developing standards for gemmological laboratories and assayers in 2010 to 2011,” says Rae. “We are proud to be a member of RJC and look forward to working together to ensure the responsible and ethical advancement of the industry. HRD Antwerp – Diamond Lab was the first ever diamond lab to be ISO certified and currently holds an ISO 17025 certificate."
"Grading labs have an obligation to the diamond industry and consumers to be independent, objective and consistent. HRD Antwerp – Diamond Lab has, since 1976, incorporated a set of procedures that guarantee the highest possible quality standards, which also underscores our commitment to the RJC standards,” said Georges Brys, the general manager of HRD Antwerp. 

About RJC
The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) is an international, not-for-profit organization bringing together more than 200 member companies committed to promoting responsible ethical, human rights, social and environmental practices in a transparent and accountable manner throughout the industry from mine to retail. Their commitment aims to reinforce consumer and stakeholder confidence in diamond and gold jewelry products.

The Council has developed the RJC Certification System, a certification system that will apply to all member businesses that contribute to the diamond and gold jewelry supply chain. All commercial members of the RJC are required to be audited by accredited, third-party auditors to verify their conformance with the RJC’s Code of Practices and become certified under the RJC System. The RJC and a full list of its members can be found on the web at www.responsiblejewellery.com.

About Chopard

Celebrating its 150th Anniversary, Chopard is one of the world's leading jewelry brands. Under the impetus of the Scheufele family, Chopard experienced spectacular development. Renowned for its creativity, its state-of-the-art-technology and the excellence of its craftsmen, it became one of the leading names in the high-end watch and Jewelry industry. Entirely independent, Chopard has remained a fully independent family business. For more information please visit www.chopard.com

About HRD Antwerp

HRD Antwerp has provided grading, gemological, educational, technological and research services to the international diamond and jewelry industries for over 30 years. HRD Antwerp offers a wide range of services and equipment geared for the use of diamond and jewelry professionals as well as for the diamond and jewelry buying public. For more information please visit www.hrdantwerp.be

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