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For a week, Moscow turned the world’s jewelry capital

26 may 2014

The Congress of the World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO), which was held on May 17-21 at the invitation of the Russian Jewelers Guild, completed its work in Moscow. The Russian capital played host to leaders of national associations of jewelers from more than 20 countries, who came to discuss the most important problems facing the industry and find ways to solve them. The Congress was attended by 110 representatives of the world jewelry community, who taken together with their entourage made a delegation of 150 persons. The Russian side was represented at the Congress by 160 persons. The CIBJO Congress has become a place of direct dialogue between domestic and foreign jewelers in joint decision-making. It was a historic event for the Russian jewelry industry.

Russia is an amazing host, said Gaetano Cavalieri, President of the World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO), adding that delegates felt here friendship, brotherhood and hospitality. We have achieved more than we initially expected while working at this Congress, Mr. Cavalieri continued summing up the results of the event. He also praised the contribution made by a whole number of Russian organizations and companies, including the Russian Jewelers Guild, ALROSA, Gokhran and the Ministry of Culture, to the development of the jewelry industry in Russia.

From the Russian side, the plenary session of the Congress was attended by Anton Siluanov, Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation; Elena Milovzorova, Deputy Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation; Maxim Shkadov, President of the International Diamond Manufacturers Association; Gagik Gevorkyan, Chairman of the Russian Jewelers Guild Association; Andrey Abramov, Head of the NGO Section at the U.N. Economic and Social Council ( ECOSOC); Andrey Yurin, Head of Gokhran; Alexander Markin, Head of the Assay Chamber of Russia; Alexander Akhpolov, Head of the Administrative Department of the Russian Ministry of Finance; Andrey Polyakov, Vice President of ALROSA; and Galina Ananyina, President of the National Foundation for Development of Jewelry Art.

Anton Siluanov, Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation and Honorary Member of the opening ceremony, addressed the Congress delivering a report, in which he assured the jewelers that the Russian government attached great importance to the jewelry art and would support national jewelry craftsmen, while at the same time controlling the development of the industry to improve consumer confidence.

The Congress participants heard the reports and presentations delivered by Gaetano Cavalieri, President of the World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO); Ahmed bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman of the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC); Rafael Valverde, Representative of the Government of Brazil; Eli Izhakoff, Honorary President of CIBJO; Corrado Facco, Managing Director of Fiera Di Vicenza; and Roberto Coin, Head of Roberto COIN S.p.A. During the event, Roberto Coin presented a new collection of his brand.

The Congress program was full of events. The delegates took part in commissions discussing polished diamonds, synthetic diamonds, colored gemstones, precious metals, pearls, industry exhibitions, marketing and education, ethics and gemological aspects, while the CIBJO Board held a meeting during the Congress. The Russian scientific community made its own contribution to the Congress, whose participants had a chance to listen to the reports delivered by Evgeny Melnikov, Head of Department for Artistic Techniques in Materials Processing at the Moscow State Mining University, and by Yuli Solodov, General Manager of Gemological Institute, an autonomous non-profit organization for additional vocational training; as well as by other experts.

Gagik Gevorkyan, Chairman of the Russian Jewelers Guild Association Council, introduced two proposals for the consideration of the international jewelry community - to establish an International Day of Jewelers to be approved and officially registered by UNESCO and to establish an International CIBJO Jewellery Award, a kind of "Jewelry Oscar." The both proposals were met with great interest by the international jewelry community provoking an approving reaction.

Foreign participants of the Congress had a unique opportunity to see the best pieces of contemporary jewelry art created in this country over the past two years at an exhibition of works by the winners of the “Russia XXI Century" Contest organized by Gokhran under the auspices of the Russian Ministry of Culture. Ilgiz Fazulzyanov was awarded the Grand Prix of this contest. Simultaneously, the Congress delegates could see the exposition of the National Foundation for Development of Jewelry Art, “Russia’s Prestige.”

It is noteworthy that the delegates and guests of the CIBJO Congress had a chance to see the replica of the majestic Crown of the Russian Empire graced with tens of thousands of diamonds in the hall of the Russian Jewelers Guild, which hosted the program of the three mainstream days of the event. The guests were also able to see the real historical Crown of the Russian Empire within an extensive cultural program, under which they visited the Diamond Fund and the Kremlin Armory Museum, the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, as well as listen to the opera “The Tsar's Bride” at the Bolshoi Theatre.

The Congress of the World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO) in Russia was a major step towards integration of the domestic industry into the global processes of the international jewelry community.

Summing up the Congress, Andrey Yurin, Head of Russia’s Gokhran, said, “I want to thank Mr. Cavalieri for accepting the proposal extended by the President of the Russian Jewelers Guild to hold this Congress in Russia, and I also would like to thank Mr. Gevorkyan for extending this proposal to the CIBJO management, thus fulfilling the mission which should be carried by Russian Jewelers Guild - working with international associations of jewelers around the world. And the fact that industry experts working out the rules by which this industry lives came together and were involved in very active work in Moscow is certainly a great achievement produced by the teamwork of the Russian Jewelers Guild and CIBJO."

Galina Ananyina, President of the National Foundation for Development of Jewelry Art and Executive Secretary of the CIBJO Congress in Moscow, said, “We saw the business style, which is a great example of organization and productive work to our community. The presence of the Finance Minister at the plenary session of the Congress and his report prove that our jewelry community enjoys support and the Congress has appropriate recognition, while our common goals are considered important.”

The organizers of the Moscow CIBJO Congress will release a film and illustrated print edition dedicated to this event. The next CIBJO congress will be held in Brazil starting on May 17, 2015.
Media Partners of the CIBJO Moscow Congress:

Rossiyskaya Gazeta, ITAR-TASS, Izvestia, RESTEK JUNWEX, Navigator for Jewellery Trade, Jewellery Russia, Intermedia, Russkaya Yuvelirnaya Set, Russian Jeweler, Rough&Polished, Eclectic, Yuvelir.INFO, Economicheskaya Gazeta, Channel 8, Russian Jewelers Guild, Business Partner, Jewelry Review, Russian Diamonds & Jewellery, Jewellery News, Jewelry Garden.