Pippa Small, designer of responsibly handcrafted jewelry, joins IAC's upcoming 13th annual Gold + Diamond conference, Maintaining Purpose, taking place in NYC , July 17 – 19, 2023. Among topics she will discuss is her Forever Together Colombian Gold collection that was presented at Couture in 2022. Register for the 13 Annual Gold + Diamond Conference here.
Each summer, Initiatives in Art and Culture’s Gold + Diamond Conference dedicates several days to responsible practice within the gem and jewelry industries. Lisa Koenigsberg, IAC’s president, explains how 2023’s Conference will consider—among other topics— how individual goals can be met while working for an acceptable value system. Deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to contribute to the Spring 2023 issue Gems & Jewellery
What is a diamond? "The diamond has been always esteemed the rarest stone, and the most precious of all: among the ancients it was called the stone of reconciliation."— Lewis Vertoman Both beautiful and rare, diamonds have been an eternal focus of fascination (see Jack Ogden’s Diamonds: An Early History of the King of Gems). For a visual tour de force, explore the Natural Diamond
IAC’s Lisa Koenigsberg recently had the opportunity to be a guest on Sharon Berman’s (@artsandjewelry) Jewelry Journey podcast, "From Antique to Art." Among the topics discussed were: what jewelry can tell us about the aesthetics and values of a particular era, why sustainability in the jewelry industry is essential and why the definition of “sustainable” is much broader than we might think, why maintaining purpose
Happy to have been able to attend the 2023 GEM Awards in New York City! The GEM Awards aims to raise the visibility of the fine jewelry and watch industry by honoring the work of leaders, creators and luminaries. #GEMAwards #JewelersofAmerica #Goldanddiamonds #initiativesinartandculture #gold #gems #diamonds #awards #gala #iac #initiativesinartandculture
Delighted to have attended the JVC's annual Luncheon Event to connect with like-minded members of the jewelry community and listen to JVC’s announcements of several new initiatives to support the industry’s success into 2023 and beyond. #JVC #Jewelersvigilancecommittee #initiativesinartandculture #iac #gold #diamonds #gems
Save the date for Maintaining Purpose, IAC’s 13th Gold + Diamond Conference in NYC. July 17 – 19, 2023
Delighted to share Kyle Roderick’s piece on Vicenzaoro in Forbes. Grateful to her for highlighting the CIBJO Initiatives in Art and Culture panel on succession. A link to her article can be found here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/kyleroderick/2023/02/02/vicenzaoro-january-2023-showcases-the-best-jewelry-and-watches-made-in-italy-and-elsewhere/?sh=6dc174037033 To watch all of the incredible sessions visit: https://visits.vicenzaoro.com/live-events
AGTA GemFair™ January 31 – February 5, 2023 Tucson, AZ IAC looks forward to the AGTA GemFair in Tucson! These are two program highlights we'll be attending: Friday, February 3: 9:00 – 9:55 AM A report on Sri Lanka mining, supply challenges, and market forecast from this important country and peoples, as they endure hardship and recovery Panelists: Tiffany Steven, JVC, and John Bradshaw, Gemcutter,
IAC congratulates writer and curator Melanie Grant whom The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has appointed its executive director.
Initiatives in Arts and Culture & CIBJO’s Jewellery Industry Voices jointly present: Sustainability Through Successful Succession January 22, 2023 — 11:15AM-12:15PM (GMT+1) Speakers: Alice Cicolini, London, a jewelry designer who has worked with one of the last Jaipuri meenakari trained in the great enamel traditions of Persia Enzo Liverino, Torre del Greco, owner of a family-owned coral company who preserves the historic legacy of his
IAC was pleased to be involved in this meeting of People and Mining, in which panelists considered iconic historic and contemporary artistic works relating to mining in a wide range of media and discussed how artworks have powerfully influenced and continue to shape perceptions of and attitudes toward mining practice and communities: art is an important vehicle for valorization or vilification of mining. Lisa was
Friday 13th January — 9:00 – 10:30 EST Join IAC and People and Mining to exchange knowledge, develop ideas and foster new collaborations that help shape the future of People and Mining in this online panel discussion. The panelists: Dana Finch (Deep Earth Synergies), Gabriel Kamundala (University of Zurich), Lisa Koenigsberg (IAC), Peter Oakley (RCA's Material Engagements Research Cluster)
Radical Jewelry Makeover (RJM) is an international community mining and recycling project that is at once a project, a performance, and an event that links recycling and reuse with the creation of innovative jewelry. Volunteer miners dig out and donate their old jewelry. Jewelers work as refiners and designers, using environmental and human health as primary design criteria for making new jewelry. The project creates
Initiatives in Art and Culture (IAC) stands with Toby Pomeroy and Mercury Free Mining (MFM), an initiative that exists to create a mercury-free gold supply chain. Over 15 million members of the artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) community in developing countries eke out a meager existence without an alternative to using toxic mercury as part of their gold-extraction process. MFM exists to find a