“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 jewellery industry, in France and beyond, from luxury brands to department and chain stores and retailers, as well as lapidaries, diamond merchants, stone and pearl dealers, those working in the artistic trades, production studios and facilities, designers, 3D designers and many more.
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.
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.
”Here at the UFBJOP, we believe that strength comes with unity. This is why the UFBJOP has, since its foundation, sought to bring together industry stakeholders to share their expertise, ideas and special occasions, with a view to creating ever more novel and extraordinary creations that capture the zeitgeist. Today, it aims to share its values with buyers and brand representatives from France and abroad.Daniel CambourPRESIDENT OF THE UFBJOP
”The jewellery industry draws on the diverse talents of those who work in it. Précieuses Confluences serves both the creative and production segments of this sector, by offering these stakeholders the opportunity to engage in intensive, productive networking that in turn helps boost the reputation of the French jewellery industry, day after day. Together with their clients and partners, those working in France’s jewellery industry have demonstrated their ability not only to meet the most exacting standards, but also to be competitive on international markets.Bernadette Pinet-CuoqEXECUTIVE PRESIDENT OF THE UFBJOP AND PRESIDENT OF THE HAUTE ÉCOLE DE JOAILLERIE
Francéclat is the professional committee for economic development serving the watchmaking, jewellery, gold- and silver smithery and tableware sectors. 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 these sectors, from design and innovation to standards and regulations, the efficiency of production systems, statistical and economic studies and development within France and internationally.
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.
Francéclat’s strategy, as set out in its performance contract, is based on:
- 3 differentiating factors specific to the creative industries: creation, expertise and quality;
- 3 values arising from societal changes: emotion, self-expression and excellence.
It is also rooted in France, Paris and the cultural dimension widely associated with the French art de vivre, all of which feed into and promote the industry’s reputation.
”France’s studios and production facilities boast not only a wealth of traditional expertise passed down over many years, but also the ability to develop cutting-edge innovations that satisfy the demands of the most exacting customers, in France and abroad. Précieuses Confluences, co-organized by Francéclat, offers such studios an opportunity to showcase their exceptional talents to a selection of retailers and major international brands looking for quality French products and design.Didier RouxPRESIDENT OF FRANCÉCLAT