The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has appointed Edward Johnson as director of business development to help expand its expertise and drive growth for the organization. Johnson will focus his efforts around developing strategies to drive membership engagement and strengthen the RJC’s relationships with key stakeholders. His role will be integral to evaluating new opportunities for growth and expansion into niche markets, as well as expanding the RJC globally, focusing particularly on Greater China, India and the USA. In keeping with their mission, Johnson will work to reinforce the RJC’s core values and vision for a responsible worldwide supply chain that promotes trust in the global fine jewelry and watch industry.
Johnson joins the RJC having held a similar role at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), where he worked to establish GIA’s presence in the UK and further expand it across Europe from 2015. Prior to his time with GIA, Johnson, a Graduate Gemologist, ran an independent jewellery appraisal company and served as a consultant gemmologist to the Hong Kong Jade and Stone Laboratory. He continues to take a close interest in the ethics and integrity of the jewelry trade. Johnson says he, "looks forward to progressing RJC's vision of an industry wide accreditation. Their work proposes a set of unique challenges, but also an exciting prospect of growth and opportunity to promote the industry’s strong determination to deliver confidence to its consumers and uphold sustainable practices.”