Leading Italian trade body signs up to RJC

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New member Confindustria Federorafi represents 800 jewellers in Italy.

Italian jewellery and silverware trade association Confindustria Federorafi has become a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC).

Confindustria Federorafi represents 800 manufacturing companies in Italy and RJC chief executive Michael Rae said that the new signing would help the organisation to “reach out to large and small manufacturers” in the country.

Confindustria Federorafi president Antonio Zucchi said: “We are proud to initiate support for the RJC’s certification system with our members. We feel that the Responsible Jewellery Council can play a pivotal role in our country.”

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Bulgari, which is a member of Confindustria Federorafi said that it is fully behind the trade association’s RJC membership. Bulgari senior director of corporate training and development Luisa la Via added: “Bulgari was very supportive of the decision to join the RJC and sees the strategic link between the two organisations as an important step for the future. We are an active member of RJC and we look forward to the synergy that the RJC and Confindustria Federoeafi can generate.”

Fine jewellery made in Italy accounts for 70 percent of European production and the country processes 150 tonnes of gold, 1,000 tonnes of silver and 4 tonnes of platinum each year. The Italian jewellery industry comprises 10,000 companies employing 40,000 people.

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