The International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research (IIDGR) has signed a three-year deal to sponsor the annual UK Jewellery Conference, organised by the Company of Master Jewellers (CMJ).

This year’s UK Jewellery Conference will take place October 3-4 2016 at the East Midlands Conference Centre. To ensure awareness of its work in the UK, IIDGR has agreed a three year deal with the CMJ, starting with the 2016 event.

Commenting on the agreement, Jonathan Kendall, president of the IIDGR, says: “The CMJ’s UK Jewellery Conference is an important part of the UK trade year and we are delighted to be a part of it. 2016 is proving to be a significant year for the IIDGR in the UK with awareness and trade building. We very much look forward to meeting more businesses interested in the highest standards in diamonds at the event.”


The IIDGR, part of the De Beers Group of Companies, offers Diamond Grading Reports and the more concise Diamond Identification Report from its UK laboratory. Reports are offered with the enhanced security option of table marking of the grading number, a service unique to the IIDGR.

Lucy Reece-Raybould, executive director of business development and marketing at the CMJ, adds: “We are proud to announce the IIDGR as a sponsor of the CMJ UK Jewellery Conference, which is now in its fifth year. The three-year agreement will give both the CMJ and the IIDGR time to really maximise this opportunity with our retail members and approved suppliers. Partnerships like this are really important to the CMJ, as they ensure that our retail members are given the opportunity to work with the best in the business.”

Speakers confirmed to-date for this year’s conference include retail consultant Howard Saunders, customer service specialist Linda Moir, motivational speaker Damian Hughes, and trainer and presenter Jonathan Bradshaw, who will address delegates on the topic of the psychology behind sales.

Other speakers include Stella Layton, chief executive and assay master of the Assay Office Birmingham, and jewellery expert Joanna Hardy.

The event will once again be hosted by BBC TV presenter Bill Turnbull.