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Jewellery Trade Associations in the UK

Below is a list of industry associations, federations and organisations connected to the jewellery trade in the UK. Inevitably there are overlapping areas, but broadly they are categorised as:

  • Gemmological Associations - Usually dedicated to education in gemstones and diamonds.
  • 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. However, some offer hands-on training and valuation courses and then set the standards to encourage all valuation professionals to meet.
  • Jeweller Associations - These typically are involved in the promotion of their members. There are frequently few criteria required for membership. 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 guidance or financial services.
  • Ancillary Industry Organisations - These are associations connected to jewellery valuation in an oblique way, such as training and governing bodies dealing with Expert Witnesses.
  • Policy-makers - Some larger trade organisations have sufficient influence to become governing bodies and guide jewellery trade nomenclature and Government policy.

The British Jewellery Associations shown below, are arranged alphabetically.

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Association of Independent Jewellery Valuers

Perth, Scotland, UK

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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 info, fees, reviews etc]

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British Pearl Association

Birmingham, England, UK

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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 info, fees, reviews etc]

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Expert Witness Institute

London, England, UK

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The Expert Witness Institute is the voice of the Expert Witness community; championing experts from all professional disciplines and the lawyers who use their services.

Their mission is to support the proper administration of justice and the early resolution of disputes through high-quality expert evidence from specialists by setting standards and providing training for Experts... [more info, fees, reviews etc]

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Gem-A, The Gemmological Association of Great Britain

London, England, UK

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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 info, fees, reviews etc]

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Guild of Jewellery Designers

Birmingham, England, UK

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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 info, fees, reviews etc]

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Institute of Registered Valuers

Birmingham, England, UK

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The Institute of Registered Valuers (IRV) is the UK's leading authority of jewellery, watch and silverware appraisers who maintain exacting standards for the longest serving and most recognised valuation trade body, regulated by the National Association of Jewellers.

A knowledgeable, reliable, and trusted community of valuers since 1987, the IRV has been at the cutting edge of training, educating and raising the industry standard in the jewellery appraisal profession for more than more than thirty years... [more info, fees, reviews etc]

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Jewellery Valuers Association

London, England, UK

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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 info, fees, reviews etc]

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Scottish Gemmological Association

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

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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 info, fees, reviews etc]

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Society of British Jewellers

Farnham, England, UK

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The Society of British Jewellers is the UK's professional body that markets and supports new, intermediate and experienced jewellery makers and jewellery designers throughout the British Isles. The SBJ promotes the talent and creativity of these jewellery craftspeople to consumers around the UK. Whether you are looking to have a new unique item of jewellery designed and made just for you or wish an heirloom remodelled into something that you can enjoy daily, the SBJ presents you with the right people in your area with whom you can... [more info, fees, reviews etc]

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The Academy of Experts

London, England, UK

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The Academy of Experts was founded in 1987 with the aim of providing a professional body for experts to establish and promote high objective standards. The Academy is run by Experts for Experts and those using them by an elected Council.

The Academy offers a comprehensive training programme to enable members to develop and maintain their expert skills. The courses range from the basic Role and Responsibilities of the Expert Witness through to the requirements of court Procedure Rules and the practice of Giving Evidence... [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 UK Valuer Directory directly, see our British Jewellery Valuer page.

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