Gold: Legacy, Leadership, And Luminescence

IAC’s 4th Precious Substances Conference
April 11 – 12, 2014

The Graduate Center, The City University of New York

Initiatives in Art and Culture took a wide-ranging look at gold in its fourth annual international conference devoted to this precious metal. With a focus on jewelry, we explored the underpinnings of gold’s abiding emotional power and enduring value, how specific design choices contribute to object quality, and how particular techniques, cutting-edge technologies, and forms are applied to create jewelry that has personal meaning.

We also looked at how the success of a collection can be shaped by naming and the specific narrative constructed around it. Then, we turned to the purchaser, considering especially the challenges and opportunities of marketing to millennials. Trends and trend-forecasting were also considered given the criticality to manufacturers and retailers of understanding both the messages and aesthetics that resonate  in an evolving marketplace. Ways that consumers can be confident that their purchases are not only aesthetically and emotionally pleasing but ethically sourced were also addressed, with discussion of due diligence under Dodd–Frank and a panel devoted to fair gold, artisanal mining, traceability, and the marketplace. 

IAC is deeply grateful to the following contributors who had made this conference possible:

Richline was the Leadership Sponsor. Gemological Institute of America and Melissa Joy Manning were sponsors at the Supporter Level. We are also grateful for sponsorship from IPPOLITA, Kara Ross, LLC., and Macklowe Gallery and support from Barbara Tober. Jewelers of America was a media sponsor.

Program agenda

Friday, April 11, 2014

8:15 – 9:00 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast  
9:15 – 9:30 a.m. Introduction. Lisa Koenigsberg (Founder & President, Initiatives in Art and Culture). 
9:30 – 10:10 a.m. The Emotional Power of Gold. Glenn Adamson (The Nanette L. Laitman Director, Museum of Arts and Design).
10:15 – 11:00 a.m. The Primacy of Design. Jack Ogden (Jewelry historian and industry consultant).
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. The Allure of Gold: Marketing Luxury to Millennials. Pamela N. Danziger (Founder & President, Unity Marketing).
12:15 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch (on your own)  
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Trendvision: Forecasting the Jewelry Market and Product Directions for 2015. Paola De Luca (CEO, Paola De Luca Group Creative Intelligence).
2:30 – 3:15 p.m. Personalization of Gold: Form, Technique, and Culture. Coomi (Jewelry designer); Heather Moore (Jewelry designer); Alex Woo (Jewelry designer); David Rees (Co-founder & Partner, TENTHOUSANDTHINGS); moderator: Jack Ogden.
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Fair Gold: Artisanal Miners, Traceability, and the Marketplace – A Panel. David A. Bouffard (Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Signet Jewelers Ltd.); Cecilia Gardner (President, CEO, & General Counsel, Jewelers Vigilance Committee); Peter Harrell (Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counter Threat Finance and Sanctions, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs); Melissa Joy Manning (Jewelry designer); Christina Miller (Co-Founder & Executive Director, Ethical Metalsmiths); Toby Pomeroy (Designer, goldsmith, activist for social and environmental responsibility in the jewelry industry, & President, TOBY POMEROY); Susan Thea Posnock (Director, Public Affairs and Education, Jewelers of America); moderator: Rob Bates (Senior editor, JCK)
4:30 – 5:00 p.m. Implementing Due Diligence for Dodd–Frank. Cecilia Gardner.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

8:45 – 9:30 a.m. Continental breakfast
9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Opening remarks. Lisa Koenigsberg.
9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Social Media: Enhancing Brand Image and Driving Sales. Natalie Bos (Social media maven for fine jewelry and watches, jewelry enthusiast & blogger); Cindy Edelstein (Founder & president, Jeweler’s Resource Bureau); Shenan Reed (CMO/founder, Morpheus Media); Michael Schechter (Digital Marketing Manager, Richline); moderator: Cheryl Kremkow (Director, Citrine Media).
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Designing for Millenials – a Panel. Pamela Love (Jewelry designer); Melissa Joy Manning; Janis Savitt (Jewelry designer); moderator: Karen Giberson DiPietro (President, Accessories Council).
11:15 – 11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. New Horizons: New Technologies and Their Possibilities – a Conversation. Steve Adler (Founder, A3DM Technologies Corp); Joshua St. John (Product Specialist, 3DSYSTEMS); Mark B. Mann (Director, Global Jewelry Manufacturing Arts, Gemological Institute of America); moderator: Peggy Jo Donahue (Director, Public Affairs, MJSA). 
12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
1:45 – 2:30 p.m. Ancient Gold and David Webb: Sources and Inspiration. Mark Emanuel (Jeweler & co-owner, David Webb).
2:30 – 3:15 p.m Concretizing the Narrative: The Gold Jewelry of William Harper. William Harper (Artist in gold and enamel jewelry, painting, sculpture & mixed-media).
3:15 – 4:00 p.m. Creating Henry Dunay: Naming Collections, Narrative, and Personalization. Henry Dunay (Goldsmith & jewelry designer).