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My immediate response when Jo Tory advised she would be stepping down from her JAA Presidency, nominating me as President was, “You leave very big shoes to fill, Jo!”

Jo has been a powerhouse in leading the Jewellers Association of Australia. The Board and I graciously thank her for service and her continued passion for the Australian jewellery industry.

Jo’s decision to step down from her role, prior to the end of term, comes due to increasing personal and business commitments. Jo will continue as a JAA director, having been elected to the Board in 2017.

Jo says, “It is with regret I have needed to step down at this time, however, due to a combination of personal and business matters arising at the same time, I have needed to divert my focus. I am confident in Karen’s ability to lead the (JAA) Board and I will be there in support as I continue my term as a director.”

With a passion and dedication that has spanned over 30-plus years, and experience across all sectors of the jewellery industry, suffice it to say, the Australian jewellery industry has been my life from the time I was 16 years old.

Joining the JAA Board in early 2021, Owner/Managing Director of Brilliamo Designer Jewellery and Bespoke Jewellery Designer of Denaro Designs - my experience also extends to media and business consulting.

I am incredibly honoured to have been elected President of the JAA by my fellow Board directors. I am committed to serve the benefit of our JAA members and to foster unity across all sectors of the wider jewellery industry, both in Australia and abroad. I welcome the opportunity to discuss any industry matters or concerns with all jewellery trade contributors, associations and affiliates.

Upon my appointment, I had the privilege of being invited to connect with jewellery industry leaders, gem, diamond and jewellery experts and international peers, willingly sharing their expertise, wealth of knowledge and experience, over two weeks of commission meetings with The World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO).

The JAA supports our industry to flourish through progression, sustainability, and ethics, whilst sharing collective experience and imparting valuable knowledge right through the entire jewellery industry supply chain, to our valued consumers.

In mid-November, Megan and I hosted this year’s JAA Australasian Jewellery Awards judges - three highly skilled, diverse, and award-winning, Australian jewellers, united at Cerrone Jewellers’ opulent head office to critique this year’s JAA Australasian Jewellery Awards entrants’ pieces. We invite you to vote for your favourite entry in the People’s Choice Award. Voting opens in early December at jaa.com.au/vote.

I hope to see you all in Melbourne, on Sunday, 6 February 2022 to celebrate our 90th anniversary and to unveil the JAA Australasian Jewellery Awards 2022 Jeweller of the Year!

Karen Denaro, JAA President

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