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




Day 1: February 2nd, 2019

Entrance to Summit is through the Meeting Room Lobby, Tucson Convention Center, 260 South Church Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701. Nearest Parking: Lot A

Summit sessions and participants subject to change

8:30 – 10:00  Registration

10:00 – 10:30 Welcome & Introductions - Cecilia Gardner, CLG LLC; Doug Hucker, AGTA

10:30 – 11:30 Mining Communities - Our Partners in the Supply Chain

Future of Mining Communities - Assheton Stewart Carter, The Dragonfly Initiative

Pakistani Emeralds and Women’s Empowerment - Sarah Caven, The Dragonfly Initiative; Fiona Wellington, Myne London

11:30 – 11:45  Coffee Break

11:45 – 12:30 Initiatives in the Gold Supply Chain

Sourcing Gold in Madagascar - Tom Cushman, Richfield Investor Services

Mercury Free Mining Challenge - Toby Pomeroy

New IRMA Program - Christina Miller, Lara Kortizke

12:30 - 1:30 pm  Lunch

1:30 – 3:30 pm  Brainstorming:  Concurrent sessions - Select one

             Each session will comprise presentations from experts followed by audience participation in groups to identify opportunities to apply learning

Session 1:  Glossary Project - Eliminating ambiguity in key jewelry terms.

Emily Phillippy, Emily Chelsea Jewelers; Jay Moncada, Perpetuum Jewelers; Erin Daily, BK Metalworks

Session 2:  Applying responsible sourcing principles to your business

Mary Wong, Trios Studio; Robert Bentley, gemstone dealer and designer; Roger Dery, Gem Legacy; Stanley Zale, Stuller

3:30 – 3:45 pm Coffee Break

3:45 – 4:30 Responsible Sourcing Tools available now

Brandee Dallow, RJC; Steven Benson, CIBJO

 4:30 – 5:30  Panel: Blockchain

Robin Gambhir, Fair Trade Jewelry Co, Carrie George, Everledger, Mark Hanna, Richline; Mike Pace, Connected Jewelry

5:30 – 7:00 pm  Cocktail reception


Day 2: February 3rd, 2019

8:30 – 9:30  Coffee

9:30 – 10:30 Panel:  Key Summit Initiative Successes

Initiative leaders describe progress and seek help for continuing initiatives

Jewelry Development Index (JDI), University of Delaware’s Minerals, Materials and Society Program - Pat Syvrud, University of Delaware; Elizabeth Orlando, US State Dept

Enhancing Gemstone Cutting and Silicosis Abatement - Doug Hucker (AGTA), with generous sponsorship from the Gemstone and Sustainable Development Knowledge Hub (GemHub), University of Delaware’s Minerals, Materials and Society Program

Brazilian Mine Development - Brian Cook, Nature’s Geometry

     10:30 – 10:45 Coffee Break

10:45 – 11:30  Concurrent sessions - Select one

 Gender Equality and Knowledge Transfer in Artisanal Mining in Madagascar, University of Delaware’s Minerals, Materials and Society Program - Charles Lawson, Lawson Gems International; Pat Syvrud, University of Delaware.

Due Diligence Tools, Risk Management - Julija Menise, The Dragonfly Initiative

11:30 – 12:30 Learning Lab

Government programs to promote a responsible gold supply chain - Pilar Velasquez, US Department of Labor; Elizabeth Orlando US State Department; Ana Villegas, USAID

12:30 – 2:00  Lunch

2:00 – 3:00  Film presentation: “River of Gold”

3:00 – 3:45  Panel discussion on film - Sarah Dupont, film producer; Torry Hoover, Hoover and Strong; Toby Pomeroy, Mercury Free Mining Challenge; Tom Cushman, Madagascar gold mining  

3:45 - 4:00 Summit Wrap-up