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IJL Launches Revamped Seminar Program

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It runs Sept. 3-5.

(Press Release) International Jewellery London has unveiled a revamped seminar schedule for 2017, bringing back the Inspiration Theatre and Trends Catwalk and introducing DIGIfest, The Academy and Skills Lab for the first time.

IJL 2017 will run Sept. 3-5 at Olympia GRAND, London.

The three-day seminar program has been carefully tailored to 2016 show feedback, ensuring that the questions most commonly asked by jewelry retailers, brands and businesses are answered in style. Topics covered by expert speakers and panels this year include social media marketing, working with influencers, digital design, retail experience, the customer journey and expert sales training.

Leading luminaries Stephen Webster and Theo Fennell shine brightly in this year’s line-up, together with digital experts like Warren Knight, Katerina Perez, Maria Doulton and Liza Urla, key speakers from footwear and fashion including M&S, successful entrepreneurs such as Tobias Kormind of 77Diamonds, and designers Dinny Hall and Hariet Kelsall.

2017 highlights include:

Inspiration Theatre #inspire

For inspirational talks, seminars and panel discussions, the Inspiration Theatre is the place to hear top speakers tell their success stories. This dynamic space now has a new home at the end of the ground floor Boulevard, close to the updated Trends Catwalk.

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Kicking off the busy Sunday morning is an analysis of essential SS18 trends with IJL Catwalk Trends Editor, Rachael Taylor, followed by a panel discussion titled “Is Experiential Retailing the Future for Jewellers?” with designer jeweller Dinny Hall, retailers Dominic Gomersall and Jonathan Pressley, and retail design expert, Lloyd Blakey.

Last year’s popular In Conversation With … series will also return for 2017, with Katerina Perez, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of KaterinaPerez.com, the first to step under the spotlight on Sunday afternoon.

Discover how you can achieve breakthrough results for your retail business with the experts from Innovare Design on Monday morning. Founder and Creative Director, Lloyd Blakey, will share his insights from 25-years in the retail design industry. This inspiring hour will be followed by an insightful talk by trend forecaster and Founder of The Futurist, Paola De Luca, who has experience collaborating with Fendi, Swarovski, Harry Winston and Rio Tinto Diamonds to name a few.

Later that day, a panel of pioneering women will host the debut Empowering Women Panel, including Victoria McKay, Chief Operating Officer of the London Diamond Bourse and Hayley Quinn, Managing Director of Swarovski UK. This will be swiftly followed by an unmissable In Conversation With… session with design legend Stephen Webster, hosted by the Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council.

And let’s not forget Tuesday, when Maria Doulton, Editor-in-Chief of The Jewellery Editor, and representatives from Marks & Spencer, will discuss pushing boundaries and conquering new areas of the market in their respective fields.

Fair Luxury at IJL 2017

Leading not-for-profit change group Fair Luxury will dominate the Inspiration Theatre on Tuesday morning, bringing a taste of its hugely-successful April conference to IJL for the first time. This two hour “mini conference” will cover all areas of ethical sourcing, responsible business practises and marketing, drawing on the expertise of countless Fair Luxury members and supporters.

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Talks include “Ethical Choice in Jewellery Sourcing: What to Consider and Where to Start,” “Brand Authenticity and the Ethical Consumer: Who She is and How to Talk to Her,” and a bustling panel discussion with Harriet Kelsall, founder and chairman of Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery, among others.

Whether you’re just starting your ethical journey or are well on your way to a transparent supply chain, this is a session not to be missed!

The Academy #IJLacademy

Sponsored by Pursuit Software

A place to learn ∙ A space to ask ∙ A forum to share

This innovative new workshop space invites visitors and exhibitors to get ‘hands-on’ and experience interactive talks hosted by leading lights in jewellery education and training.

Gem-A Gemmology Instructor, Angharad Guy, will kick start the Sunday morning of IJL with an interactive session titled ‘Tricks and Tips to Identify Gemstones’, followed by an equally insightful discussion on CAD/CAM with Paula Carter Andrews, Jewellery Design & CAD Instructor at GIA. Don’t miss a chance to learn essential pearl stringing techniques with jeweller, gemmologist and GIA Alumni President, Sharon Dale, and brush up your leadership skills with training specialist, Nigel Neill of Blue6.

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The Academy will also host insightful JET Taster sessions, giving business owners, store managers and sales associates the chance to experience the NAJ’s newly revised JET Certificate course.

And this is just the opening day! Monday and Tuesday will welcome sessions with the Fairtrade Foundation and the Responsible Jewellery Council, as well as essential advice from Jo Henderson of JHJ Consultancy and Graham Soult of Canny Insights.

Visitors and exhibitors who want to brush up on their PR and marketing skills are also catered for in The Academy, with Facets PR, Grove Communication, Runwild Media and County Wedding Magazines sharing their top tips on getting your brand message out to consumers.

DIGIfest #digifest

Sponsored by Retail Jeweller

#SocialSunday

In response to overwhelming feedback, IJL is please to reveal a dedicated digital seminar theatre at this year’s show, blending seminars for complete beginners and more experienced business owners looking to excel online.

Day One of the show, also nicknamed #SocialSunday, will draw on the expertise of Warren Knight, IJL 2017 chief social media editor, to deliver four hours of insights, including “The Beginner’s Guide to Building a Social Media Strategy in 90 Minutes.”

This will be followed by an insightful session from Katerina Perez, and an ‘Online Health Check’ hosted by Retail Jeweller Editor Ruth Faulkner.

On Monday, DIGIfest will continue to offer two expert seminars from Warren Knight, as well as insights fromGEMOLOGUE founder Liza Urla, who has created an inspirational empire through social media, beautiful photography and a passion for fine jewellery. Tuesday will complete this fantastic run of talks with insights from Nanna Liv, founder of footwear brand Sargossa, which generates 25 percent of its sales through social media.

Finally, for those feeling confused about paid search, SEO and digital marketing, don’t miss an insightful presentation by iDu Digital Founder and Director, Joanna Gajewska.

Skills Lab #skillslab

Sponsored by the National Association of Jewellers

Building on the success of the IJL Advice Clinics, Skills Lab is the next generation of one-on-one advice for IJL 2017 visitors and exhibitors. Two private advice areas and one small workshop space provides even more opportunity for tailored advice from leaders in their fields, including photography, social media, PR, retail sales training, retail security, pearls, workplace pensions and legal insights.

Highlights across the three days include “Financial Planning Skills for Business and Business Owners” hosted by Steve Clemence, a Chartered Financial Planner for leading insurance expert T H March, and daily “Training Doesn’t Work, Or Does It?” workshops presented by Anna-Mart Rossouw of Paramount Consulting.

Other speakers ready to share their knowledge include Rose Swingler, digital communications manager at Facets PR; Hilaire O’Shea, founder and CEO of Medusa Protection Ltd; and Andrew Neilson of NEILSON photography.

Those who want to brush up on their branding can also speak to Sarah Greenway, director of personal branding company PersonaMe, while those with retail woes can get them solved with a line-up of legal experts and sales specialists. Whatever you do, don’t miss out!

All seminars are free to attend, as are the popular one-to-one advice sessions. To avoid disappointment, visitors are encouraged to sign up for an appointment in the Skills Lab at the dedicated Skills Lab reception area.

To see the full program, go to: http://www.jewellerylondon.com/en/Whats-On/Conferences/#. 

Free online visitor registration for IJL 2017 is now open: www.jewellerylondon.com/register.

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CIBJO Releases Ethics Special Report, Examines International Frameworks and Proper Disclosure

International conventions increasing with which members of the jewelry industry are expected to comply.

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(PRESS RELEASE) MILAN, ITALY — With fewer than five weeks to go to the opening of the 2019 CIBJO Congress in Manama, Bahrain, on November 18, 2019, the sixth of the CIBJO commissions’ Special Reports has been released. Prepared by the CIBJO Ethics Commission, headed by Tiffany Stevens, it covers a variety of topics, including the increasing number of international conventions with which members of the jewelry industry are expected to comply, and recommended processes of disclosure.

“Responsible business standards being applied in the jewelry industry are meshing further and further with those used internationally, and with frameworks that govern other industries around the globe. It is important that jewelry industry companies fully understand their responsibilities under these complex sets of expectations, and they communicate them effectively and directly with their supply-chain partners and ultimately the consumer,” Ms. Steven writes.

“A few key systems to keep in mind include the OECD frameworks, with special attention to the organization’s Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict Affected and High-Risk Areas, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the FTC Jewelry Guides in the United States, ISO standards, the World Diamond Council System of Warranties, and the perhaps-evolving definition of “conflict” under the Kimberly Process,” she continues.

Government scrutiny of the jewelry supply chain’s adherence to ethical business practices is becoming increasingly common, the CIBJO Ethics Commission President notes, citing a recent meeting of jewelry industry leaders with officials of the U.S. State Department, where the industry was counseled to abide with standards for managing risks to women in the minerals, responsible sourcing and jewelry supply chain, as well as complying with Anti-Money Laundering and other measures to prevent malign activity.

Noting that it is the consumers’ right to know how the how their jewelry and its components affected the environment and the lives of people as it journeyed along the supply chain, she states that being forthright, fully descriptive and making all disclosures clear and easy to understand is imperative.

“When seen globally, we have at our disposal an amazingly complex system of frameworks, definitions and semantics,” Ms. Stevens writes. “But as a trade we should aim for the simplest, most direct forms possible when communicating with consumers, and these should be standard in the sales representative’s in-store pitch to a potential customer, on invoices, on social media and online – wherever products are bought and sold.”

To download a full copy of the CIBJO Ethics Commission’s special report, click here.

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GJEPC Presents India Diamond Week from 15th to 17th October 2019

87 international buyers to interact with leading Indian exporters.

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(PRESS RELEASE) MUMBAI — The Gem & Jewelry Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) organized the India Diamond Week from 15th to 17th October 2019, which is aimed at creating an annual trading platform to increase communication among diamantaires and promoting the Make in India diamond business globally. India Diamond Week further envisages to establish and strengthen the business ties of Indian gems & jewelry exporters with buyers from countries across the world.

India Diamond Week in Mumbai witnessed participation from 87 prominent buyers including those from the Australia, China, Egypt, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Russia, Netherland, New Zealand, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, Ukraine, USA and Uzbekistan amongst others. The first two days had pre-fixed one-to-one meetings of 30 minutes between the buyer and seller, and the third day is an open exhibition.

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19 Leading diamantaires of India showcased their capabilities through various offerings in terms of polished diamond shape, size and cuts. The invited global buyers could deal directly with Indian suppliers to reduce cost of transactions and boost bilateral trade between global importers and Indian exporters.

Mr. Pramod Kumar Agrawal, chairman, GJEPC, said, “I take this opportunity to thank international buyers and indigenous manufacturers whose participation have made this show a successful one. Focused Buyer Seller Meets during the India Diamond Week will further promote business ties especially at this time when global trade dynamics are changing and evolving due to multiple factors. Every buyer is taking advantage of this unique platform offered by GJEPC so that they can concentrate on existing & new customers across the spectrum. India’s expertise and experience can ensure that its exporters can deliver any size, any shape, any quality, anytime, anywhere in the world. All this is made possible by our enterprise, business acumen and massive scale of operations.”

The Indian diamond industry has been developed in India over the last 5 decades. Today, India is a leader in cutting and polishing diamonds with exports of USD 24 billion annually. 14 out of 15 diamonds set in Jewelry worldwide are processed in India. Around 1.3 million people are employed in the sector alone. India has capabilities in cutting and polishing diamonds from the smallest to the largest. India can craft a plethora of exquisitely designed diamonds – brilliant, baquette, briolette, taper, marquise, pair, princess, oval, radiant, rose cut, heart shaped.

Indian Diamond trade is committed to four pillar principles of fair trade. One, it leads in self-regulation encouraged through My KYC amongst GJEPC members. Two, sustainable development, created through model programs for the health and welfare of its workers such as Swasthya Ratna. Three, GJEPC has joined hands with Diamond Producers Association – DPA to fund the promotion of Diamond Jewelry with the sole objective to instill demand for diamond Jewelry at the consumers’ end. Four, it is building state-of-the-art gemological laboratories that ensure diamonds are natural, well-crafted and ethically sourced.

Indian jewelers and craftsmen cater to the most demanding customers across the globe. Indian Gem & Jewelry Industry and GJEPC have invested heavily in its 5 million plus workforce by adopting high standards of modernization, safety, cleanliness and other socio-economic benefits such as, medical facilities, employment generation and second-to-none training programs for workers amongst others. Their ability to satiate any kind of jewelry requirements has amazed the world. This has been possible due to Industry’s willingness to embrace and adopt the latest technology.

India has already developed direct relations with many of the large jewelry chains from across the world. BSMs have helped Indian companies reach out to new segments. They are an ideal way to connect with the independents – single store or those with a small number of outlets. Moreover, for a country which has such a diverse range of offerings across so many different product categories and manufacturing centers, the BSM format provides many benefits. It facilitates product centric events and facilitates ensuring that the right profile of buyers and sellers come face-to-face with each other.

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Online Jeweler Empowers All Shoppers to Become Philanthropists

With each purchase, 12.5% of the total purchase price is donated to a charitable organization.

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(PRESS RELEASE) BOCA RATON, FL — A woman’s majority owned Boca Raton-based jewelry company is seeking to change the way that people shop for jewelry online. The Jewel In Giving is a new eCommerce jewelry site that allows all jewelry shoppers to become philanthropists, while shopping thousands of competitively priced jewelry. With each purchase made at thejewelingiving.com, 12.5% of the total purchase price is donated to a charitable organization of the customer’s choice that is participating with the brand. For example, a $200 jewelry purchase allows for the customer to designate $25 to a participating charity of their choice.

At The Jewel In Giving, shoppers can choose from thousands of pieces of jewelry at all different price points, at the most competitive prices that includes the 12.5% that the customer designates to the charity of their choice. There are no extra steps or costs, just a deeper meaning associated to their jewelry purchase. In addition, every component of the company has been built within a socially conscious framework. The jewelry customer will be able to purchase products made from recycled gold, ethically sourced diamonds and gemstones and eco-friendly lab grown diamonds. All jewelry boxes and marketing materials come from recycled papers allowing for the customer to feel good about their entire shopping experience.

“Philanthropy and eCommerce jewelry shopping are no longer mutually exclusive. We like to ask – why buy jewelry anywhere else?” said Matteo Valcavi, Director of Marketing for The Jewel In Giving. “Customers are drawn to our site for the best prices and highest quality pieces, while at the same time, they leave with a purchase that actually makes a difference in the world. This is a win-win for everyone.”

For IRS 501(c)(3) approved organizations looking to participate with The Jewel In Giving, the benefits are substantial. With the popularity of eCommerce, charities participating with The Jewel In Giving stand to create a robust new revenue stream with little work on their end.

The Jewel In Giving was the organic blending of a 30-year-old family owned wholesale diamond and jewelry business fused with an over 20-year deeply entrenched philanthropic involvement. The company’s motto, Buy Something Beautiful, Do Something Beautiful, sums up their mission perfectly.

Those searching for trending or timeless rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets to add to their collection or a gift for a loved one can visit www.thejewelingiving.com. For non-profits looking to learn more about the benefits of participating visit nonprofits.thejewelingiving.com.

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