The FTC will host a roundtable in its Washington, DC offices on June 19, 2013 to discuss possible changes to the Commission’s “Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter Industries” (the Guides).

The Guides explain how marketers can avoid making deceptive claims about precious metal, pewter, diamond, gemstone, and pearl products, and provide guidance on making appropriate disclosures when marketing these products.

Last year, the FTC sought comments on the costs, benefits, necessity, and impact of modifying the Guides. It also solicited comments on possible modifications to the Guides. The roundtable will discuss those comments, as well as the marketing of alloy products containing precious metals in amounts below the Guides’ minimum thresholds and surface applications of precious metals.

In preparation for the roundtable, the FTC has requested additional comments regarding specific questions to be addressed at the event, which are outlined in section 3 of the Federal Register notice announcing the roundtable. Comments on these questions may be filed until June 5, 2013.

Click here to read the text of the Federal Register notice announcing the roundtable and outlining the questions that will be discussed.