Highlights of the VicenzaOro First Fair

Show organizer Fiera di Vicenza released final figures this
week for VicenzaOro First, the first international fine jewelry fair of the
year, which took place Jan. 15–Jan. 20, 2011. Data revealed that the show housed
some 1,488 exhibitors—down 3 percent from last year—with 70 percent, or 1,047
exhibitors, coming from 54 Italian provinces (four fewer than last year). The
remaining 441 firms came from 30 foreign countries, marking a loss of one nation
compared to 2010. In two years time, VicenzaOro First has shed 276 exhibitors
total.

VicenzaOro First

Highlights of this year’s venue included a roundtable
discussion about Italy’s future in the design world with industry leaders like Mehul
Choksi, chairman of Gitanjali, who urged Italy to better promote its homegrown
design talent. Trend seminars helped buyers better plan purchases for spring, and a seminar on corporate social responsibility included representatives from the United Nations and CIBJO, an international group of jewelers that aim to promote cooperation by protecting consumer confidence and addressing issues like global fair working
conditions.

During the latter, Fiera di Vicenza president, Roberto
Ditri, told the audience that “consumers were asking for corporate
responsibility,” and called for sanctions against firms that do not observe
fair labor or environmental conditions in places of manufacture. Added Pilar
Coin of Roberto Coin and president of the Italian Chapter of the Women’s
Jewelry Association
: “The benefits of transparency and following ethical laws
always overcome.”

Said Jocelyn Fenard from the United Nations: “If 99 percent
of your industry is doing good things and only 1 percent isn’t, the whole
industry can suffer.”

More coverage of the show can be found in the following
links:

Live from VicenzaOro
2011: Gold Expressions 2011

Live from VicenzaOro
First: Vendors Dish on What’s New, Selling

Live from VicenzaOro
2011: Pasquale Bruni

From VicenzaOro: Pink
+ Brown = Perfect For Each Other

Live from VicenzaOro
First: A Ruby Set to Celebrate 50 Years

Live from VicenzaOro
2011: Isaac Levy of Yvel