IJL joins forces with CIBJO, World Jewellery Confederation
LONDON, October 26, 2013 – Leading UK jewellery industry event International Jewellery London has been accepted as a commercial member of CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, and becomes the first jewellery show from the UK to gain such representation in the international body.
CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri expressed his happiness at being able to welcome Reed Exhibitions’ IJL into the organisation, noting that as an important trade show in a prominent jewellery market it can play a key role in supporting the industry, both in Britain and internationally.
CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri
“I am delighted to welcome IJL into our fold. CIBJO recognises trade shows as the primary gathering places for our sector, providing not only opportunities for promoting business, but also forums at which we can discuss and address common issues and challenges,” Dr. Cavalieri said. “IJL has long served to bring together members of the trade from across the UK, Europe and internationally, and in this respect it is ideally positioned to advance CIBJO programmes relating to harmonised industry standards, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and consumer confidence.”
IJL Event Director Sam Willoughby said: “IJL already has very strong industry links and is seen as a show where partnerships are forged, announcements made and business progressed. It makes absolute sense for IJL to become a member of CIBJO, with its history and focus on supporting individuals and companies earning their livelihoods from jewellery, gemstones and precious metals.
“IJL will be able to reflect the views of the UK and contribute to developing (CSR) throughout the global jewellery industry. We fully support the work that CIBJO undertakes for the future security and development of the industry on an international scale.”
With its membership made up largely by national jewellery trade organisations from more than 40 countries around the world, CIBJO covers the entire jewellery, gemstone and precious metals sectors vertically, from mine to marketplace, and horizontally within each of the component sectors in the various production, manufacturing and trading centres.
Catherine Budd, Jewellery Designer, Catherine Budd Jewellery
Most of the international jewellery sector’s leading corporations and service providers are also affiliated to CIBJO through commercial membership.
In 2006, CIBJO became the only organisation in the international diamond, gemstone and jewellery sectors to receive official consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.
CIBJO already has links with IJL and, just last month at the UK’s flagship trade show signed a memorandum of understanding with the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC).