Jewellery Trade Associations in the UK
Below is a list of industry associations and organisations connected to the jewellery trade in the UK. Inevitably there is some overlapping areas, but broadly they are categorised as:
Gemmological Associations - Usually dedicated to education in gemstones and diamonds.
Valuer Organisations - Marketing of members' services is a large part of most of these associations although some offer hands-on training and valuation courses and then set the standards that they encourage all valuation professionals to meet.
Jeweller Associations - These typically are involved in promotion of their 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 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 British Jewellery Associations shown below, are arranged alphabetically.
Association of Independent Jewellery Valuers
Perth, Scotland, UK
AIJV was formed to create a resource of worldwide Independent Jewellery Valuers who do not buy, sell or broker and do not accept commission payments from the trade or financial industries. These entrance criteria, Code of Ethics and Principals of Appraisal Practice are the strictest in this appraisal sector, anywhere in the world.
This association then promotes these businesses to the public, insurance industry and sectors of commerce who, for what ever reason, specifically want to hire the services of a jewellery valuer who is not involved... [more]
British Pearl Association
Birmingham, England, UK
The British Pearl Association (BPA) is a national trade and consumer interest group, it’s purpose is to promote the growth of the UK and worldwide pearl industry and represents both cultured and natural pearls.
With a steady, growing number of partnerships and memberships, the BPA represents suppliers, pearl jewellery wholesalers, retailers (both on the high street and internet based), jewellers, designers, hobbyists, consumers and galleries. We are passionate about supporting members of our community through... [more]
Gem-A, The Gemmological Association of Great Britain
London, England, UK
Gem-A, the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, is the world’s longest-running international provider of gem and jewellery education. A UK charity, they can trace their lineage back to 1908 - that’s over 112 years of experience and expertise in the field of gemstones and minerals. It is their mission to advance the understanding of gemstones through education, membership, engaging international events and a community-driven approach to accuracy and best practice.
Gem-A HQ is based in the heart of London’s diamond district and enjoys a... [more]
Guild of Jewellery Designers
Birmingham, England, UK
The Guild of Jewellery Designers (incorporating The British Pearl Association) is a UK jewellery organisations consisting of a collaboration of British jewellery designers, jewellery maker UK and artisans, ranging from part-time enthusiasts to dedicated full time professionals. We are the largest UK provider of specialised Products and Public Liability (PPL) insurance for Jewellery Designer / Makers.
As a nationwide organisation for jewellery makers, retailers, silversmiths and goldsmiths, we can offer PPL insurance, supplier partner discounts on... [more]
Jewellery Valuers Association
London, England, UK
The Jewellery Valuers Association (JVA) is the only fully independent membership organisation in the UK and Ireland focusing entirely on the appraisal and valuation of jewellery, diamonds, gemstones, watches and silver. Founded in early 2020 by some of the UK's most qualified and experienced expert valuers, this new trade association aims to raise, maintain and monitor jewellery appraisal standards in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
This trade organisation believes that creating professional jewellery valuations is a large... [more]
Scottish Gemmological Association
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
The SGA was formed in 2009 to encourage education and an interest in gemmology within Scotland. Previously existing for many decades as a branch of Gem-A but are today an affiliated but independent organisation. Members hail from all walks of life from simple jewellery and gemstone enthusiasts to jewellery professionals, valuers and appraisers as well as gemmology academics and educators. The SGA embrace novice gemmologists as well as advanced and academic specialists.
A programme of monthly talks, lectures and hands-on workshop sessions are... [more]
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 UK Valuer Directory directly, see our British Jewellery Valuer page.