Republic of Ireland
Jewellery Trade Associations in Ireland
Below is a list of industry associations, federations and organisations connected to the jewellery trade in Ireland. Inevitably there is some overlapping areas, but broadly they are categorised as:
Gemmological Associations - Ireland does not have any gemmological associations (although there may be gemmological / lapidary interest groups and clubs). Gemmological education is either provided through retail jeweller organisations or accessed in other countries.
Valuer Organisations - Given the small population of Ireland, and therefore Valuer numbers, Ireland doesn't have an association dedicated to jewellery valuation. Guidance on procedures and nomenclature is typicaly taken from Jewellery Trade Associations in the UK.
Jeweller Associations - These typically are involved in educating and promoting their Retail Jeweller members. There are usually few criteria that need to be met for membership but some offer extensive training courses to set their membership apart from retail jewellers who are not within their organisation. Some may offer shops specialist services such as legal advice or financial services.
Ancillary Industry Organisations - These are associations who are connected to jewellery valuation in an oblique way, for example training and governing bodies dealing with Expert Witnesses.
Policy-makers - Some larger trade organisations have sufficient influence to become policy-makers in the industry and can guide jewellery trade nomenclature and Government policy.
The Irish Jewellery Associations shown below, are arranged alphabetically.
Association of Fine Jewellers
Association of Fine Jewellers is the sole body representing independent retail jewellers in Ireland. The aim of the association is to promote high professional standards through ongoing education and training programs, to provide an effective interface with Government agencies, regulatory authorities and parallel industries, on behalf of its approximately 130 members.
The association embraced the need to develop a foundation training course for newcomers to the jewellery industry, the course known as STEP1 (Staff Training & Education Program 1... [more info, fees, reviews etc]
Lists of the JAW Associates who are members of these trade associations, organisations and federations, are shown in the ’Members’ area of the association’s profile page.
To access the Irish Valuer Directory directly, see our Irish Jewellery Valuers page.