“Précieuses Confluences” was set up to give those working in France’s jewellery industry the opportunity to meet potential clients and partners from around the world. The event was founded and developed by the Union Française de la Bijouterie, Joaillerie, Orfèvrerie, des Pierres et des Perles or UFBJOP (the French association for the jewellery, gold- and silver smithery, stone and pearl industries). It is a joint industry initiative supported by Francéclat (France’s professional committee for economic development serving the watchmaking, jewellery, gold- and silver smithery and tableware sectors), with the shared aim of making businesses working in these sectors more competitive, ambitious and innovative and helping them raise their profile.
This event offers networking opportunities for all those working in the jewelry industry, in France and beyond, from luxury brands to department and chain stores and retailers, as well as production studios and facilities, lapidaries, diamond merchants, stone and pearl dealers, those working in the artistic trades, designers, 3D designers and many more. It is open to those specializing in any aspect of the jewelry and watchmaking sectors.
French and international brands and retailers are always on the lookout for fresh creative talent and skills, as well as production studios and facilities that can help them bring high-quality products to their customers and become more competitive.
This annual two-day networking event is held in Paris and offers attendees the opportunity to take part in 30-minute business meetings that will hopefully lead to professional partnerships.
Attendees can continue networking and sharing their expertise with industry professionals and partners at the drinks reception held at the end of the first day. Subject to COVID-19 restrictions.
Since its foundation in 1864, the UFBJOP has been responsible for promoting all trades involved in the jewellery, gold- and silver smithery, stone and pearl sectors, celebrating and developing their traditions and heritage and supporting them to grow. It brings together all those working in these sectors, encompassing the disciplines they cover to form a universal vision of this craft industry that has become a world-renowned luxury sector. Its members include big names from Place Vendôme, studios, jewellery manufacturers, designer brands, designers, setters, gold- and silversmiths, precious metals traders, diamond merchants and stone and pearl dealers. The UFBJOP represents a French industry that accounts for 5.5 billion euros in exports and is highly competitive within the global jewellery market.
The UFBJOP recently celebrated the 150th anniversary of the opening of its school, the Haute Ecole de Joaillerie (HEJ), which provides initial training, sandwich courses and ongoing professional development in trades involved in the jewellery sector to 720 students each year. It boasts a 100% employment rate for its graduates, making it a key source of talent for studios, major luxury brands and the sector more generally. The HEJ is constantly looking to the future by growing its international reputation and adapting its courses to meet the industry’s needs.
”Each year, Précieuses Confluences has proved to be the key networking event for those working in the jewelry sector in France and beyond, bringing together stakeholders with movers and shakers in the industry – whatever their setup, size or specialism.Daniel CambourPRESIDENT OF THE UFBJOP
However, Précieuses Confluences 2020 will be particularly important. It reflects the shift from separation to reunion, as we move on from social distancing to come together once more and enjoy varied and invaluable encounters.
In a year when resilience has been needed in every aspect of life, Précieuses Confluences will welcome those from the worlds of jewelry and watchmaking, with the aim of establishing a truly international network that offers a wealth of opportunities.
”The French jewelry industry has shown itself to be determined and dynamic in confronting the global upheaval caused by the pandemic. Today, it is ready to take on the international challenges facing the jewelry and watchmaking market. Précieuses Confluences 2020, the international networking event for our industry, is now proving crucial in ensuring that the real-life and virtual connections between those working in the jewelry and watchmaking sectors can continue to flourish. In line with its remit, the UFBJOP is committed to making this event a success.Bernadette Pinet-CuoqEXECUTIVE PRESIDENT OF THE UFBJOP AND PRESIDENT OF THE HAUTE ÉCOLE DE JOAILLERIE
Francéclat is the professional committee for economic development serving all areas of the watchmaking, jewelry and tableware sectors, from manufacturing to distribution.
In line with its public service remit, it puts in place collective measures in a range of areas that aim to respond to the needs of businesses in these sectors, from design and innovation to standards and regulations, making production systems more efficient, statistical and economic studies, development within France and abroad and digital transformation.
These measures are funded by an earmarked tax (the “Taxe HBJOAT”), which was introduced by the French parliament at the request of the professional bodies for each of these industries.
Its 2020-2023 targets and performance agreement signed with the French Ministry of Finance is structured around 4 key areas:
- Designing in France
- Manufacturing in France
- Distributing in France
- Raising the sector’s international profile
Précieuses Confluences is one of the industry initiatives funded by Francéclat and has been developed in partnership with the UFBJOP.
”Despite the upheaval and disruption to trade caused by the lockdown restrictions, from which we must now move on, the French jewelry and watchmaking sectors, confident that their expertise and creativity put them on a strong footing, are reaching out to the rest of the world and embracing new partnerships. Précieuses Confluences provides the perfect opportunity to inject fresh momentum into the industry.Didier RouxPRESIDENT OF FRANCÉCLAT
”Building on the success the event has enjoyed since 2017 and the wealth of feedback we have received, Précieuses Confluences 2020 is breaking new ground with a new watchmaking session and options for attendees to take part virtually, while still adhering to the values that have made this joint initiative such a success in forging and expanding invaluable connections.Hervé BuffetEXECUTIVE OFFICER, FRANCÉCLAT