ICA opens membership to retailers

Twenty-eight years after its formation, the International Colored Gemstone Association has opened its doors to jewellery retailers with "associate memberships".
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Twenty-eight years after its formation, the International Colored Gemstone Association has opened its doors to jewellery retailers with “associate memberships”.
 
ICA, which was founded in 1984, has nearly 700 members (miners, cutters, and wholesalers of coloured gemstones) from 48 countries as well as associate members (jewellery manufacturers, gemmological laboratories, representatives of industry organisations and government agencies, members of the media, and other supporting industry services). 
 
Announcing the creation of the new associate membership category, ICA executive director Barbara Wheat said retailers will now be able to take advantage of many ICA benefits including networking and sourcing opportunities, exposure to the world market, having access to the wholesale pricing structure, increased availability of gemstones, education, and easy access to international trends and business opportunities.
 
“One of ICA’s primary functions is advocacy,” she said. “The organisation serves as a voice for the coloured gemstone industry raising awareness and appreciation of gemstones through a popular consumer-friendly website, InColor magazine, and industry conferences and events.
 
“By including jewellery retailers in the ICA worldwide network, ICA succeeds in its mission to be an integral part of the pipeline from mine to market.”
  

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