Jewelry Industry Summit

The Open Forum on Sustainability & Responsible Sourcing in the Jewelry Industry

The Open Forum on Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing in the Jewelry Industry

Restructuring, Updates and See You in 2018!

Dear Summit Attendees/Friends of the Jewelry Industry Summit:

There’s movement in our movement! Three years of collaboration, two Summits and hundreds of committed jewelry professionals have combined to foster greater transparency, sustainability and responsibility in our industry-- and we’re just getting started.

To enhance our ability to support initiatives and manage the growing momentum of the Summit, the Planning and Stewardship committees combined to create a Steering Committee. The Steering Committee exists to manage the Jewelry Industry Summit and address the needs of Sustainable Funding, Summit Planning, Initiative Monitoring, and Marketing.

The Steering Committee includes:

Cecilia L. Gardner, Raymond Hakimi, Richard A Nehls, Zephen Specht, Samuel Shiroff, Susan Wheeler, Gill Goshen, Kevin Reilly, Fred Knobloch, Klemens Link, Walter McTeigue, Jared Holstein, Stephen Feldman, Assheton Carter, Mark Tremonti, Girma Woldetinsae, Vivien Johnston, Mark Hanna, Joel Borgquist, Mike Pace, Sara Yood, Anna Bario and Robert Bentley.

There are four groups within the Committee: The Funding Group, led by Mike Pace, the Summit Planning Group led by Raymond Hakimi and Sara Yood, the Initiatives Group led by Susan Wheeler, and the Marketing Group, currently led by Cecilia Gardner.

The Funding Group has presented a preliminary budget for the next Summit; we would love to hear from any parties interested in sponsoring the event, there are opportunities at all levels. To learn more about summit sponsorship opportunities, click here:

The Summit Planning Group is hard at work planning the next Summit, scheduled for March 9-10, 2018 in New York City just prior to the JA NY Spring Show. Registration for the Summit will include entry in the JA show. Registration will be open soon:  stay tuned!!!!

The Marketing Group is focusing on internal Summit and Steering Committee communications and will work closely with the Marketing initiative to keep our community informed about our progress.

Here are some highlights of Initiatives’ progress:    

  • The #ResponsibleJewelryStories marketing group has met regularly and is creating the framework from which content pertaining to summit activity, Initiative activity, and the larger discussion of sustainable and responsible practices throughout all segments of the industry will be disseminated to both the public and trade.

  • The Bahia Golden Rutilated Quartz mine to market sustainability model currently seeks assistance with an advisory team, marketing support and social media.

  • The Jewelry Development Index framework progresses with assistance from the US State Department and graduate students at American University.

  • Sales Associate and Consumer Training seeks partners to connect with already existing retail training (such as Fair Trade Gold) and seeks additional educational resources.

  • The Glossary Project has met regularly and is working on finalizing a set of definitions for key words which will then be presented to industry for comment.

  • The Mercury-Free Artisanal Gold Mining group presented their goals at the Santa Fe Symposium where they received promises of industry support; they’ve also interfaced with academics and continue to gain momentum.

  • The Silicosis Project continues to work with other associations and partners in the field to develop a working project to assist gem cutters in India.

Questions? Please make sure to friend the Jewelry Industry Summit on Facebook, and check with our web site for updates and to learn more!!!

Hope to see you in NYC in March 2018!!! SAVE THE DATE!!!

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