Tuesday, May 18, 2010


The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has announced that the Italian association Confindustria Federorafi, the National Federation of Gold Jewellery, Silverware and Jewellery Manufacturers, has become a Member.

Joining other key national associations; Jewelers of America, the American Gem Society, the National Association of Goldsmiths, the British Jewellers Association, the international World Gold Council, the Union Française BJOP and the Danish Jewellers Association, Confindustria Federorafi adds the learning, perspective and prestige of the esteemed Italian jewellery industry to the RJC. RJC Trade Association members play a key role in the awareness-building of RJC membership. Through their strong national ties, these associations can assist their members in developing models for auditing as well as offering guidance and advice in the steps toward RJC certification. The RJC Certification System is unmatched in any other industry for the quality and breadth of its scope and standards and the integrity and transparency of its developmental process.

“Italy is a recognized leader in the European and international jewellery industry for its manufacturing of classical and contemporary designs. We are delighted to welcome such a valuable organisation as Confindustria Federorafi, the first Italian trade association to join the Council. With its 800 Italian manufacturing companies, Confindustria Federorafi is the perfect organisation to help us reach out to large and small manufacturers wishing to demonstrate solid, responsible business practices,” says Michael Rae, the RJC’s Chief Executive Officer.

“We are proud to initiate support for the RJC’s certification system with our members. Italy is known as a world leader in gold jewelry production for its outstanding design and technical skills. Precious metals jewellery made in Italy amounts to 70% of European production. Each year in Italy 150 tonnes of fine gold, 1000 tonnes of silver and four tonnes of platinum are processed. There are over 10,000 companies operating in this sector, employing 40,000 people for production. We feel that the Responsible Jewellery Council can play a pivotal role in our country,” says Antonio Zucchi, President, Confindustria Federorafi.

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