Millennials group GEMS’ holds first meeting

8 June 2017

The first meeting of a new steering group focussed on supporting millennials in the jewellery industry has been hailed a success.

More than 50 young professionals gathered at Chancery Lane, in London, on June 1st, for the inaugural meeting of Group Engaging Millennials Socially (GEMS), which brought together a broad range of skills representing all sections of the industry.

Danielle Chib, head of the GEMS steering group, said the launch had been a landmark moment.

She said: “The event was a great success. It provided a relaxed atmosphere for millennials from all parts of the industry to get together and make new connections that may never have been made otherwise. In the last couple of years, millennials have come of age. We now form the majority of the global work force – GEMS is about connecting this generation within the jewellery industry.”

Simon Johnson, Chairman of the NAJ attended the event, he adds: "the first GEMS meeting in London was a fantastic opportunity to meet other jewellery professionals in a informal environment. The next generation of the trade coming through would really benefit from attending future networking events – you will have the opportunity to meet new contacts, where you can discuss ideas and projects.”

The steering group, which is supported by the NAJ, is focused on celebrating the modern techniques and developments in the industry, while acknowledging the importance of heritage, traditional methods and ways of thinking that have laid the foundations for the trade.

The launch event afforded guests the opportunity to network with their peers, building contacts and gaining valuable insight into a variety of industry sectors, and the young professionals working within them.

The event was sponsored by market-leading jewellery care brand Connoisseurs, which also provided gift packs to attendees.

Director, Gavin Merrison said: "We were delighted to support this event, seeing so many enthusiastic young professionals under one roof was really inspiring, and we really hope that GEMS is the start of something great. We are looking forward to working closely and supporting the group in the future"

GEMS was set up to engage with a cross section of millennials – those born between 1980-1999 - who represent all aspects of the industry, providing members with advice and support as they work their way towards becoming the leaders of the future.

Sitting on the steering group are gemmologist Anna Dighton, retail assistant managers Britni-May Edwards and Millie Knight, head of retail Raphael Simmons, and business owner James Veale.

Keen to build on the success of the launch, a follow-up event has already been announced and is scheduled to take place in September.

Follow GEMS on Facebook to find out more about what is planned and how you can get involved. You can also contact Ms Chib via e-mail at dchib@celsteel.co.uk

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