IAC’s 14th Annual Gold and Diamond Conference: Expanding Horizons in New York City

Initiatives in Art and Culture (IAC) is set to host its 14th Annual Gold and Diamond Conference from July 16th to 17th, 2024, at the Bohemian National Hall in New York City
IAC’s 14th Annual Gold and Diamond Conference: Expanding Horizons in New York City

Following a vibrant welcome reception on the evening of July 15th, the conference promises two days of enriching discussions, networking opportunities, and insights into the future of the jewellery industry

Theme and Focus

Under the theme "Expanding Horizons," this year’s conference aims to foster innovation and collaboration across the gold, diamond, and jewellery sectors. Building on the success of previous editions, the event will tackle pressing global challenges such as climate change, gender equality, and socio-economic impacts on mining communities. Attendees, including industry leaders, academics, and NGO representatives, will engage in dynamic panel discussions and networking sessions designed to inspire new approaches and sustainable practices within the industry.

Key Sessions and Highlights

The conference kicks off with a welcome from Lisa Koenigsberg, President & Founder of IAC, emphasizing the importance of collaboration and innovation in shaping the future of the jewellery industry. The opening panel, moderated by Koenigsberg, explores "Cross-Industry Convergence and Collaboration," featuring insights from prominent figures including Gaetano Cavalieri (CIBJO), Satta Matturi (Matturi Fine Jewellery), and John Mulligan (World Gold Council).

Throughout the event, sessions will delve into diverse topics such as responsible sourcing, the impact of cultural heritage, and strategies for retaining value in producing countries. Special attention will be given to the ethical implications of mining practices and the role of industry in promoting sustainable development.

Highlights of Day One

Day one features in-depth discussions on single-source gold sourcing, the current state of the diamond market, and an awards presentation recognizing leaders in ethical sourcing and industry innovation. Notable sessions include panels on material origin and the ethical considerations of sourcing practices moderated by industry experts like Rob Bates and Brecken Branstrator.

Day Two: Continuing the Dialogue

The second day continues with a focus on climate action, cultural heritage, and responsible sourcing practices. Panel discussions will explore topics such as "Looking Beyond Net Zero – Climate Change Actions and the Just Transition" and "Cultural Heritage and Artistic Practice, Provenance and Repatriation," providing critical insights into industry efforts towards sustainability and ethical practices.

Engagement and Networking

The conference also provides ample opportunities for networking and collaboration among participants, fostering an environment where industry leaders can share knowledge and forge partnerships aimed at driving positive change.

IAC’s 14th Annual Gold and Diamond Conference stands as a pivotal event in the jewellery industry’s calendar, offering a platform for dialogue, innovation, and collective action towards a sustainable and ethical future. As participants gather in New York City this July, the focus will be on expanding horizons, embracing diversity, and shaping a responsible path forward for the global jewellery sector.

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