Trade Organizations

Jewelry: The World’s Trade Organizations

DSO Archive publishes a research on some of the gemstones and jewellery trade organizations around the world. These non-governamental and governamental organizations issue codes of practice for their members and ensure that consumers as well as traders are protected from malpractice.

The World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO) represents the interests of all individuals, organisations and companies earning their livelihoods from jewellery, gemstones and precious metals. It is the oldest international organization in the jewellery sector and its membership is composed primarily by other national jewellery trade organizations from around the world.

Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, China and France.

In Australia the Jewellers Association of Australia (JAA) works nationally to represent and protect the interests of the jewellery industry and its consumers. The JAA covers all areas of the jewellery industry – from manufacturing, wholesaling, distribution to retail.

In Austria the Bundesgremium des Juwelen-, Uhren-, Kunst-, Antiquitäten- und Briefmarkenhandels, the committee of the jewellery, watches, art, antiques and stamp trade represents the interests of companies in the industry, it offers advice and support.

In Bahrain, the Bahrain Institute for Pearls and Gemstones (DANAT) is the authority on industry standards and it plays a vital role in ensuring, protecting and enhancing public trust in pearls, gemstones and jewellery.

In Brazil the Brazilian Institute of Gems and Precious Metals (IBGM) is a national, private, non-profit entity with the mission of representing, integrating, developing and promoting all segments of the production chain of gems, jewels, jewelry and watches.

In Canada the Canadian Jewellers Association (CJA) is the voice of the jewellery industry and represents members consisting of retailers, suppliers and wholesalers, appraisers, designers, and goldsmiths and it provides leadership in ethics, education and communication.

In China the China Gems & Jade Exchange is a national-level international trade service transaction platform for gems and jade approved by the State Council and works alongside the China National Gem & Jewellery Import & Export trade organization.

In France the Union Française de la Bijouterie, Joaillerie, Orfévrerie, des Pierres & des Perles (UFBJOP) defines and implements the projects drawn up for companies to develop the sector. It is a unique place where the concerns of professionals, the needs of the market and the future strategies of the sector meet.  The Union de la Bijouterie Horlogerie (UBH) represent interests of its members on all subjects related to their activity.

Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Thailand, Turkey and United Arab Emirate

In Germany the BV Schmuck+Uhren, the Federation of German Jewellery, Watches, Clocks, Silverware and Related Industries is the center of excellence for the jewelry, watch and precision engineering industries. The federal association Bundesverband der Edelstein- und Diamantindustrie is the national stakeholder in the gem and jewelery industry.

In Hong-Kong the Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers’ Association (HKJMA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing diverse quality services for their members and facilitating the development of the industry.

In India the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) is the apex body of the gems & jewellery industry and its promotional activities include organising trade shows and promoting the entire sector.

In Israel the Israel Jewelers Association (IJA) is a non profit organization representing jewelry manufacturers, designers, distributors and retailers in Israel, it promotes the industry\and cooperates with local authorities and government officials.

In Italy the Federpreziosi, the federation of goldsmith jewellers silversmiths and watchmakers, safeguards the interests of its members through the development and provision of services in legal, tax, technical-economic matters and for everything related to the development and performance of the activity.

Germany, Italy, Russia and Switzerland

In Japan the Japan Jewellery Association (JJA) works to promote the healthy development of the jewelry industry, it conducts research on jewellery and exchanges and it cooperates with related organizations in and outside Japan.

In Principality of Monaco the Chambre Monegasque de Horlogerie et Joaillerie (CMHJ) protects the rights and interests of professionals who exercise an activity related to manufacturing, processing, trading, import-export, retail and wholesale of jewellery, precious stones and watches.

In Russia the Guild of Jewellers of Russia’s main task is focused on the protection of the interests of the Russian jewellers. The Russian Jewellery Trade Club is the largest professional community for the domestic market and it promotes integrated corporative action for strengthening Club members’ competitive ability.

In South Africa the Jewellery Council of South Africa (JCSA) serves all facets of the industry including customers, jewellery manufacturers, watches importers, jewellery wholesalers and retailers, diamond companies and mining houses representing the members locally, across the African continent and abroad.

In Switzerland the Union de la Bijouterie et de l’Orfévrerie Suisse (UBOS) works alongside the VSGU, the industry association of Swiss goldsmiths and watch shops that is committed to ensure that the various professional fields in the industry are perceived by the public as attractive and innovative.

In Thailand the Thai Gem and Jewelry Traders Association supports cutters and polishers as much as jewellery manufacturers and it represents them internationally in all export and international trading activities.

In Turkey the Istanbul Chamber of Jewelry (IKO) represents professionals from all around the country; it promotes their activities and expansion as well as support them in their legal and technical requirements.

In United Arab Emirates the Dubai Gold & Jewellery Group (DGJG) is the largest trade body for Dubai’s jewellery industry, it is committed to developing and sustaining Dubai’s status as the ‘City of Gold’ and it represents the interests of the trade through liaising with government organizations.

South Africa, United States and United Kingdom

In United Kingdom the National Jewellers Association (NJA) is the leading jewellery trade association; it protects and promotes its members and it expects that they abide to the code of conduct, based on honesty, integrity and professionalism.

In United States of America the Jewelers of America represents companies from all areas of the jewellery supply chain including independent jewellery stores, manufacturers and suppliers, designers and brands and it was set up to advance the professionalism and ethics of the jewellery industry.