CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, has paid tribute to Joss Hess, the organisation’s former president and world-renowned jewellery designer.
Hess served as the first American president of the World Jewellery Confederation from 1997 to 2000 and worked to nurture a generation of leadership for the international jewellery business.
He died peacefully at his home in St. Augustine, Florida on 9 February, 2021, at the age of 87.
Gaetano Cavalieri, CIBJO’s current president, said: “Jose is one of a handful of people that one can truly describe as having changed our industry, and he left it a better place.
“In so many respects I owe my position to him, for it was he that more than 20 years ago insisted that, if I really wanted to make my mark, I needed to devote myself to public service.”
He added: “I succeeded him as president, but he never left my side. He was my role model, mentor and friend.”