VICENZA, Italy, April 15, 2012 – Vicenza will host two key international jewellery events in May – the World Jewellery Forum (May 13-20), and VICENZAORO Spring 2012 (May 19-23).
The World Jewellery Forum, organised by the Vicenza Fair with the World Diamond Council, the organisation that represents the jewellery and diamond processing industries, and CIBJO, the world jewellery confederation, will be attended by top jewellery and diamond business representatives from over 40 countries.
The World Jewellery Forum will gather senior executives from the United Nations, focusing on the Kimberley Process and corporate social responsibility in diamond production.
The Forum will be divided into two events: the Annual Meeting of the World Diamond Council, which will take place on 13th and 14th May, and the Annual CIBJO Congress, from 17th to 20th May, which will act as a forum for the various commissions set up for gemstones, pearls, and precious metals. The congress will include a review of situation of the World Jewellery Confederation Education Foundation (WJCEF) and a report on the ongoing cooperation between CIBJO and the United Nations.
The Vicenza Fair will again host VICENZAORO Spring (May 19-23), the international exhibition of the latest trends in gold and jewellery aimed at the Italian and international retail sectors, with the participation of more than 1,300 exhibiting companies from 30 countries and the main Italian goldsmithing districts.
One of the most eagerly awaited events will be the prize-giving for international competitions launched to recognise design talent: the “Next Generation – Jewellery Talent Contest 2012”, for young designers (aged under 30), and the “Andrea Palladio International Jewellery Awards 2012”, the equivalent of a jewellery “Oscar”, awarded to the very best in productive and commercial design.
The theme of the Next Generation competition was “Souvenir d’Italie” and the top prize will be awarded to the design that best interprets Made in Italy.
The award will recognize those who, in seven different categories, have enhanced premium jewellery.
The prize-giving will take place during the VICENZAORO Spring event.
Following VICENZAORO SPRING 2012, the spotlight will move to other events in Vicenza later in the year.
VICENZAORO About J, which showcases companies at the top end of the international jewellery market, will take place in the magnificent setting of Cortina d’Ampezzo, from 5-8 September 2012.
This exclusive event will give 25 leading Italian and international jewellery brands and 100 international buyers and top Italian retailers the opportunity to meet, in a sophisticated context where contemporary luxury will be the order of the day.