Edmundo Calhau, Director of Brazil Association, Dies

Edmundo Calhau Filho, international director of the Brazilian Gems and Jewellery Trade Association (IBGM), died Aug. 17 in Brasília, Brazil, following a battle with cancer. He was 56. Calhau's was a familiar face in the industry, especially at Brazil's semiannual Feninjer jewelry shows. His efforts to promote Brazilian jewelry design and the Brazilian jewelry industry helped propel it beyond South America to a place of prominence on the world jewelry stage. Under Calhau's tenure—and through his invitations to editors to visit Feninjer—the jewelry trade began to see Brazil as a place to go for fashionably designed finished jewelry, not just the gemstones Brazil is known for. Calhau came to the jewelry industry well versed in import/export issues, logistics, and business development. Prior to IBGM, he served for seven years as materials director and logistics director for the Braz
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