Richard Peplow and Harry Levy among guests recognised for hard work.
The World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO) has honoured five of its officers at a recent gala dinner in Tel Aviv, toasting UK officers Richard Peplow and Harry Levy.
The dinner was held during the recent CIBJO congress in Israel where several CIBJO officers were recognised for their work on behalf of the confederation and the global diamond and gemstone industries.
Israel Diamond Institute president Yair Sahar presented the honours along with the president of the Israel Diamond Manufacturers Association Bumi Traub and IDI chairman Moti Ganz.
Among those honoured were CIBJO vice president Richard Peplow who has worked in the jewellery industry for more than 50 years, through the family-run Peplow Jewellers.
He is a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain and is CIBJO’s long-time UK international representative. Peplow has also served as president of CIBJO’s Retail Sector and as a board member of CIBJO and WJCEF. He was also part of the team involved in CIBJO’s acceptance as a member of ECOSOC at the United Nations.
CIBJO diamond commission vice-president and president of the London Diamond Bourse Harry Levy was also toasted at the dinner for his career and work with diamonds stretching back 50 years.
He has also served as chairman of the British Jewellers Association and held the role of president of CIBJO’s Diamond Commission for 10 years. He has also been president and vice president of the Colored Stone Commission, and is a member of the Laboratory Commission.
Other honourees on the night included Rudolph Biehler, Roland Naftule and Ken Scarratt.
The master of ceremonies on the night, Michael Greenspan, said of the honourees: “Take a good look at these gentlemen. All five of these men have enjoyed long and extremely fruitful careers, contributing to our business with their knowledge and expertise."