STATE OF THE ART JEWELRY SUMMIT
While academia and technology are at the forefront of sustainability and climate change action-focused strategies, the jewelry industry is still at its infancy on policies, standards, call for actions and measurable solutions. Mining practices and demands are evolving quickly as the energy transition towards a low-carbon economy progresses to reach global agreements and Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs. Industry standards are changing in line with consumer’s behaviors, and towards a more sustainable and equitable Jewelry industry. As a key player within the supply chain, your business is in a unique position to create change, not only with the power to do so but also with an understanding of the responsibility and the means to take action.
To discuss the current developments in research, technology, business, and art in Jewelry, and to create, develop and guide the future of our industry collectively ensuring we thrive and remain relevant, the Responsible Jewelry Council (RJC), the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and the Mineralogical and Geological Museum at Harvard University (MGMH) is pleased to present the first one-day Jewelry Summit in-person and by invitation at Harvard University on 23rd, June 2023.
Melanie Grant, RJC Executive Director, Susan Jacques, GIA CEO, and Raquel Alonso-Perez, Ph.D., Curatrix, MGMH, Harvard University will welcome you and open the event. Panel discussions and short talks on business, technology, political sciences, mining, research, education, and art from global experts will follow, with ample time for Q&A sessions.
Cocktail reception to follow at the Harvard Museum of Natural History
Melanie Grant, RJC Executive Director, Susan Jacques, GIA CEO, and Dr. Raquel Alonso-Perez, Curatrix, MGMH, Harvard University.
8:10-8:25 am- Keynote Speaker- Daniel Schrag is the Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology, Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University, and director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment. He also is co-director of the Program on Science, Technology, and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School land past President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology from 2009-2017.
Theme: Climate change and the implications on the jewelry supply chain. What businesses small and large can do, what is on the horizon, and the connection between mining, metals, and the energy transition. Ultimately how mining will evolve and the effect on industry standards.
8:25- 9:10 am- Panel discussion 1- What do consumers and collectors really care about and how can businesses give it to them?
Theme- Consumer trends, traceability, SMO, Recycled, and how the nature of business is changing to accommodate them.
9:10- 9:50 am- Panel discussion 2- ESG Demystified
Theme- Laying the foundations – What are ESGs, why do they matter and how can they be applied to business effectively? The RJC launches its new ESG toolkit and explains how to use it. The challenges and opportunities for growth in terms of business.
Energy & Technology Sessions
10:10 -11:00 am – Panel Discussion 3- The minefield of renewable energy – what you need to know.
Theme- What is on the horizon and how will it jewelry in practical terms.
Supply chain and gemstones sessions
11:00-12:00 pm- Panel Discussion 4- How to navigate sanctions and conflict in the supply chain.
Theme- The ever-changing nature of sanctions and how to survive them.
Art of Sustainability sessions
1:30-1:50 pm- Presentation- The psychology of found materials
Theme- An artist takes us through his journey from abject poverty in China to modern-day success and how the objects and materials he adopted along the way affected his life.
1:50-2:45 pm- Panel Discussion 5 – Desire, art, and value.
Theme- Disruption – How can we increase the desire for responsible jewelry using art and innovation.
2:45-3:30 pm- Panel Discussion 6- Human Rights and Resources
Theme- Empowering the smaller players on the ground – the challenges, opportunities, best practices and how to navigate them.
3:30-3.50 pm- Coffee BreaK
Finance & Risk Sessions
3:50-4:10pm- Presentation- How to apply organizational culture, learning, and innovation to your jewelry business
4:10-4:45 pm- Panel Discussion 6- is AI the future?
Theme- Ai is increasingly important but do we truly understand it’s potential?
4.45-5:10 pm- Young Diamantees