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Portland Jewelry Symposium Set for October

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It will celebrate its 10th anniversary.

(Press Release) PORTLAND, OR — The Portland Jewelry Symposium will celebrate its 10th Anniversary with the theme “Future Think: Innovate, Create, & Thrive.” The annual event, being held on Oct. 1 and 2 in Portland, will kick off with a Sunday night Keynote Dinner and Address by jewelry industry veteran Peter Smith. Smith, CEO of Vibhor and a columnist for National Jeweler, The Jewelry Book and the World Diamond Magazine will share thoughts from his 2016 article in National Jeweler, “What Will Become of Retail Jewelry Stores?”

“Given the rapid evolution we are experiencing in both retail business models and manufacturing technologies, it is very timely
for the Symposium to take a deep dive into the innovative business models of tomorrow,” said founder Teresa Frye. “Beginning with our Keynote Address and continuing across all presentations and bench demonstrations, we endeavor to create a sense of the visionary at this year’s event.”

Rounding out the Future Think program will be talks by digital manufacturing expert Kevin Abernathy of BisVentures; Social
media guru Peggy Jo Donahue and her tech-savvy panel featuring custom jewelers Calla Gold, Wendy Brandes and lisa
Krikawa; retail business expert Becka Johnson Kibby of Edge Retail, responsible sourcing authority; Monica Stephenson of
idazzle and Anza Gems; and specialist in XRF analytics technology Jennifer Caban of Olympus.

Other presentations feature goldsmith and inventor Phil Poirier of Bonny Doon Engineering, designer Annie Koenig of Annie K
& Motorhead Jewelry, gemstone carver Sherris Cottier Shank of Gemscapes and bench expert Kristi Broussard of Stuller. A
full line-up of the sessions and schedule can be found at www.portlandjewelrysymposium.com.

Sponsors for the event include TechForm Advanced Casting Technology, Stuller, Platinum Guild, Solidscape, Rio Grande, MJSA,
Johnson Matthey, Otto Frei, Instore Magazine, Metalsmith Magazine, United Precious Metals Refining, Envisiontec, Hoover
and Strong, Cad Blu, Red Sky Plating, A3DM Technologies and the Santa Fe Symposium.

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