Vicenzaoro January 2019, the International Jewellery Show, organized by Italian Exhibition Group (IEG), in the presence of the Minister for Regional Affairs and Autonomies, Erika Stefani.

In her speech, Minister Stefani declared: "Vicenzaoro brings with it all the territory's dynamics and ability to promote development and training within the sector."

In his greetings, IEG President, Lorenzo Cagnoni, referred to Italian Exhibition Group's role as the leading Italian trade show player in terms of the number of shows organized directly and of its own property and announced that this edition of the event, which hosts the most famous international brands alongside the more recent and emerging companies, is totally sold out.

Next was Managing Director, Ugo Ravanelli, who proclaimed the theme of this year's show: Sustainable Creativity, which is no longer a trend but, fortunately for our planet, the direction in which the whole sector is decidedly steering towards. "At Vicenzaoro, we will be dealing with the theme in all its aspects and throughout the production chain, in line with the vocation of our show which, also for this reason, is one-of-a-kind in Europe in regards to jewellery."

The stage was then followed by Silvio Giovine, Vicenza's Councillor for Productive Activities, who spoke of an increasingly more intense synergy between IEG and Vicenza Council aimed at the constant international development of shows within the territory. First and foremost VIOFF, now at its second edition, with a full calendar of events, outlined by the Councillor, further enriched this year with a charitable aim to support reforestation on the Asiago Plateau where flooding at the end of October caused heavy damage.

"Favouring the communication of Italian jewellery identity, systematizing and strengthening training and digital activities" are, for Ivana Ciabatti, President of Confindustria Federorafi, the main challenges that the sector needs to face.

Digital evolution and including the younger generation in the world of employment were the topics raised by Carlo Ferro, neo-President of ICE. "We are recording a particular vitality in the use of the Internet as a sales channel and we are directing our efforts in this direction as well as in support for emerging start-ups within the sector that see many young and highly capable professionals investing their skills and aspirations."

The ceremony ended with the most heartfelt wishes for a successful show for all the exhibitors, traders and buyers in attendance.