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BIJC Launches Educational Program

The program is hosted by Black in Jewelry Coalition and sponsored by leading organizations.




(PRESS RELEASE) The Black in Jewelry Coalition (BIJC), the first international non-profit membership organization for the advancement of Black professionals in the gem, jewelry, and watch industry, is hosting The Jewelry Industry I.D.E.A. educational program, promoting inclusivity, diversity, and equity for all. Sponsored by the jewelry industry’s leading organizations, this two-part online educational program will help every person in the jewelry industry recognize and confront ingrained cultural biases that create profound community damage and break down cohesion in the workplace.

“The jewelry industry’s leading organizations have joined forces with one common goal—to provide a complimentary inclusivity and diversity educational program designed to be accessible for everyone that works in the jewelry, gem and watch industry,” says BIJC President Annie Doresca.

Risha Grant | Reggie Johnson

Risha Grant | Reggie Johnson

The two-part program will feature information-rich webinars that will be available to watch live or on-demand. All attendees that complete both sessions will receive a certificate of completion. Both sessions are free of charge and will offer replays through July.

Get Rid of the BS
January 19, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Risha Grant, a renowned expert on diversity and inclusion, will host “Get Rid of the BS.” Risha has a no-holds-barred style and will tackle hard but necessary questions about how to address social unrest and racial injustice. She’ll also offer practical advice for how to confront and get past biases to create more respectful, diverse, and inclusive communities.


Registration is now available here.

Encounters with Bias and Racism: A Panel Discussion
February 16, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Listen to first-person accounts of bias and racism in the retail setting from both consumers and employees. This session will use real-world scenarios to showcase how each encounter could have been avoided. The panel will be led by Reggie Johnson, Chief Diversity Officer/Senior VP at Signet Jewelers and a director for the Black in Jewelry Coalition. Registration for this session is now available. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The Jewelry Industry I.D.E.A. Training Program is offered by Black in Jewelry Coalition and is presented in partnership with American Gem Society (AGS), Buyers Intelligence Group (BIG), Ethical

Metalsmiths, Jewelers Board of Trade (JBT), Jewelers of America (JA), Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC), Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America (MJSA), Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) and Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA).

Visit to learn more about the Jewelry Industry I.D.E.A. educational program and membership with BIJC.




It’s Going to Set Us Up Very Nicely for Retirement

You’ve worked hard all your life. And if you’re like most jewelers contemplating retirement, you’re hoping that your going-out-of-business sale will add to your nest egg — with minimal complications. That’s exactly what Doug and Jacki Friedrich, fourth-generation owners of Friedrich Jewelers Inc., of Vernon, Conn., experienced when they selected Wilkerson to run their sale. “Jewelers who are contemplating a sale should go with Wilkerson because of their experience,” says Doug. And with financial goals “exceeding expectations,” the couple can now focus on enjoying the next chapter of their lives. “It’s going to set us up very nicely for retirement,” says Jacki. “The money’s coming in and we have no complaints. It’s been wonderful.”

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