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Antique Jewelry & Art Conference Set for October

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEWARK, NJ – The Antique Jewelry & Art Conference (Jewelry Camp), a resource for antique and estate jewelry education, brings together jewelry professionals and collectors for in-depth learning and networking opportunities Oct. 26-27, 2018, at the Newark Museum in Newark, NJ. The conference includes lectures and hands-on sessions by industry leaders to facilitate attendees’ success in today’s antique, estate and vintage jewelry markets.

“I’m thrilled to partner with my colleague and friend, Ulysses Grant Dietz, Chief Curator Emeritus with Newark Museum, to bring Jewelry Camp to its new home at this unique setting, and provide attendees with access to some of the finest collections of decorative and contemporary arts from Asia, Africa, the Americas and the ancient world,” said appraisal expert and Jewelry Camp Co-Director Edward Lewand. “This year’s slate of world-renowned speakers will examine topics such as jewelry styles and motifs, the threat posed by the synthetic diamond, the expansion of the Metropolitan Museum’s American collection and much more. By moving Jewelry Camp to the fall, we’re also giving attendees the opportunity to explore the New York City Jewelry & Watch Show and TEFAF taking place the same weekend.”

Jewelry Camp opens on Friday, Oct. 26, with an art jewelry show featuring six artists showcasing their collections hosted by Donna Schneier Fine Arts, followed by a hands-on jewelry preview and cocktail reception hosted by Fortuna Auction. Saturday, Oct. 27, offers presentations led by museum curators, art history professors, historians and other industry experts, including:

  • Ulysses Grant Dietz – Co-director of Jewelry Camp and Chief Curator Emeritus, Newark Museum
  • Susan Abeles – Head of Department, Americas, and Senior International Specialist, Senior Vice President Jewellery at Phillips
  • Donna Bilak – Early modern science historian specializing in the history of alchemy in British North America, England and the Continent.
  • Beth Carver Wees – Ruth Bigelow Wriston Curator of American Decorative Arts, Metropolitan Museum 
  • Edward Lewand, GG, ASA, AAA – Co-director of Jewelry Camp and a professional, independent appraiser of fine and antique jewelry
  • Janet Zapata – Independent scholar and museum consultant, specializing in jewelry and silver 

View the 2018 Jewelry Camp agenda.

To register or for advertising and sponsorship opportunities, contact Edward Lewand at 516-429-2622 or jewelrycamp@live.com

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All registered Jewelry Camp attendees will receive complimentary passes to the New York City Jewelry & Watch Show being held Oct. 26-29.

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CIBJO Releases Marketing & Education Special Report, Analyzes Next Great Jewelry-Buying Generation

Report returns to what has been defined as the next great jewelry-consuming group, Generation Z.

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(PRESS RELEASE) MILAN, ITALY — With fewer than 10 weeks to go to the opening of the 2019 CIBJO Congress in Manama, Bahrain, on November 18, 2019, the first of the CIBJO commissions’ Special Reports has been released. Prepared by the CIBJO Marketing & Education Commission, headed by Jonathan Kendall, the report returns to what has been defined as the next great jewelry-consuming group, Generation Z, providing a breakdown of what the industry needs to consider if it is to ensure that jewelry remains a favored purchase.

Generation Z refers to young consumers, who currently are 15 to 25 years of age.

“Gen Z is coming to our markets very soon if it has not already arrived in reality,” writes Mr. Kendall. “Its members are forecast to spend a whopping $143 billion this year alone. So we better get them on our side if we want to enjoy a rosy future. In fact, the future success of the jewelry industry will depend on our understanding the needs and wants of Generation Z. Get this right and we can all look forward to strong profitable years moving forward. Get it wrong and we could be destined for the scrap heap – not overnight maybe, but ultimately.”

Communicating predominantly via the social media, studies show that Generation Z is more environmentally conscious and gender neutral than any generation that preceded it. It celebrates authenticity, diversity and human imperfection. It is more likely to heed the advice of a friend, rather than a celebrity.

“Gen Z is prepared to splurge but it must be worth it. The more added value the better, and that can come from its environmental credentials or its social value,” notes Mr. Kendall.

To download a full copy of the CIBJO Market & Education Commission’s special report, click here.

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Gem Legacy Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary

It launched in September 2018.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ROYAL OAK, MI – Gem Legacy is celebrating the successes of its 1 year anniversary after launching in September 2018 by founder Roger Dery. Gem Legacy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit supporting education, vocational training, and local economies in East African colored gemstone mining communities.

The first year has boasted many successes, thanks to industry partners and donors. Roger Dery, founder and executive director of Gem Legacy looks back on the first year: “Lives are deeply affected because we’re ensuring that a group of widowed miners will find Tsavorite Garnet, 28 orphans will get a full education, kids are getting full nights of sleep on new mattresses, and young adults are entering the gem industry with knowledge in gemology and gem faceting. They have hope because we, the jewelry industry, are saying ‘we see you and we believe in you.’”

Other highlights from Gem Legacy’s first year include the formation of its advisory board (Christina Clover-Field, Ben Smithee, and Monica Stephenson) and its Leadership Council (Omi Gems and Parle Jewelry Designs). The leadership council is growing to be a consortium of the industry’s top leaders dedicated to sharing Gem Legacy’s mission and activating a united industry-wide effort to support the mining communities in Africa.

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Technological Solutions for Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing Spotlighted at CIBJO-IEG Seminar

Seminar marked the 10th year of cooperation between CIBJO and IEG.

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(PRESS RELEASE) MILAN, ITALY — With members of the jewelry and gemstone sectors under growing pressure to actively demonstrate that they are conducting their businesses in a sustainable manner, including verifying that the items they purchase, process and sell have been sourced responsibly, a range of technological solutions are currently being developed to help them comply with the due diligence requirements. These came under the spotlight during a seminar on September 9, 2019, at the VICENZAORO show in Vicenza, Italy, organized by CIBJO and hosted by the Italian Exhibition Group (IEG).

The seminar was the latest edition in a series of educational programs organized by the two bodies, which is endorsed by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), to support corporate social responsibility and sustainability in the jewelry sector. As Marco Carniello, director of IEG’s jewelry and fashion division pointed out, the seminar this September marked the 10th year of cooperation between CIBJO and Italy’s leading jewelry trade show organizer.

A growing percentage of the jewelry, gemstone and precious metals industries have taken steps in recent years to implement sustainable and responsible sourcing principles in their businesses, with more than 1,300 worldwide already certified by compliance organizations, after undergoing monitoring by independent auditors. But in an industry that is dominated by small and medium-sized companies, many participants find it challenging to follow suit and consequently could experience difficulty in gaining access to chains of supply. The technologies discussed at the seminar are largely being developed to address these challenges.

“CIBJO is committed to the development of an ethical and sustainable jewelry industry, which sources its raw materials in both a responsible and transparent manner,” said CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri, opening the seminar. “As we reiterated in the new Responsible Sourcing Blue Book which was approved earlier this year, we believe that all participants should do due diligence to the best of their ability. At the same time, we also insist that no ethical members of our community be discriminated against because they currently lack the resources necessary to implement a full compliance system. It is for this reason that we view the development of technological solutions as being so important.”

The panel of speakers, which was moderated by Erik Jens, vice president of CIBJO’s Responsible Sourcing Commission, represented a cross section of this growing industry service sector, providing solutions to industry participants at all stages of the chain of distribution, from the mine to the retailer.

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