From Press ReleaseIAC ANNOUNCES SEVENTH ANNUAL GOLD CONFERENCE“Creativity, Community & Collaboration”Wednesday, April 26, 2017 – Friday, April 28, 2017Today, Initiatives in Art & Culture (IAC) announced the agenda for its Seventh Annual Gold ...

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IAC ANNOUNCES SEVENTH ANNUAL GOLD CONFERENCE: “Creativity, Community & Collaboration”

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IAC ANNOUNCES SEVENTH ANNUAL GOLD CONFERENCE
“Creativity, Community & Collaboration”
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 – Friday, April 28, 2017

Today, Initiatives in Art & Culture (IAC) announced the agenda for its Seventh Annual Gold Conference, entitled “Creativity, Community & Collaboration,” taking place April 26-28, 2017. Presentation highlights include:
  • Transforming Retail,” a conversation with Andrea Hansen, Founder, LuxeIntelligence; Jim Tuttle, Founder and President, Green Lake Jewelry Works; and Mickey Alam Khan, Founder and Editor in Chief, Luxury Daily.
  • The Golden Menagerie: A Creative Journey,” a presentation by Jewelry Designer Temple St. Clair.
  • “Regulatory Restrictions: Advocacy for and by Jewelers, Retailers, and Manufacturers,” Linus Drogs, Owner and President, AU Enterprises; Mark Hanna, Chief Marketing Officer, Richline Group, Inc.; Susan Thea Posnock, Director of Public Affairs and Education, Jewelers of AmericaSarah Yood, Senior Counsel, Jewelers Vigilance Committee; moderated by Peggy Jo Donahue, Owner, Donahue Communications.
  • “Heritage, Traditional Methods, and New World Education: Goldsmith's Hall and Goldsmith's Center – Bringing Jewelers Into the 21st Century,” a presentation by David Mills, Director of Communications and Marketing, Goldsmiths’ Company.
  • Cutting Through the Noise: Differentiating Between Editorial and Advertorial in Social Media,” a panel presentation with Barbara Palumbo, Founder,Adornmentality.com; Mark Smelzer, Publisher, JCK magazine and JCKonline.com; Trace Shelton, Editor in Chief, INSTORE Magazine; Monica Stephenson, Founder, idazzle; moderated by Peggy Jo Donahue, Owner, Donahue Communications.
  • “Story Telling: The Importance of Narrative in Today's Jewelry Market,” Wendy Brandes, Jewelry Designer; Brandee Dallow, Director, North America Representative Office—Diamonds Sales and Marketing, Rio Tinto; Orin J. Mazzoni, III, Director, “Sharing the Rough;” Melissa Quick President, Steve Quick Jeweler; Steve Quick, CEO and Founder, Steve Quick Jeweler; Trace Shelton, Editor in Chief, INSTORE Magazine; moderated by Andrea Hill, Founder and CEO, Hill Management Group, LLC.
IAC’s Seventh Annual Gold Conference sponsors include Signet Jewelers, Richline Group Ltd., Hoover & Strong, AU Enterprises, Freeman’s, the Society of North American Goldsmiths, Republic Metals Corp., and Unleashed. Events are hosted by Reinstein/RossGoldsmiths and Aaron Faber Gallery.
“Each year, Initiatives in Art & Culture takes a 360-degree approach to the consideration of gold in keeping with our cross-disciplinary approach. We are delighted to work with the leading figures from throughout the world to present comprehensive information from the historical, to the predictive, to that which captures the here and now,” said Lisa Koenigsberg, President of Initiatives in Art & Culture. “In the Seventh Annual Gold Conference, we address the ‘Magic of Gold.’ Throughout the ages to this very day, this material has had an extraordinary impact on our culture, our economy, and our creativity. The 15 presentations offered at this event by some of the most interesting and authorative individuals in their fields explores that power and how they see it changing our future.”
Richline Group Released these comments regarding its corporate involvement in this event:
“One again, IAC will be presenting a grand vision of gold and gold jewelry. The annual event celebrates and educates all things gold with engaging presentations by experts for learning and entertainment,” said Mark Hanna, CMO of Richline Group. “Richline is always proud to support IAC’s gold conference, which fosters new and unique perspectives of the precious metal synonymous with lifetime value and enduring beauty.
Hoover & Strong released this statement about its support of this event:
"We are thrilled to support the Seventh Annual IAC Gold Conference. Since its early beginnings as a platinum metal refiner, Hoover & Strong has always provided socially and environmentally responsible products and services to the jewelry industry,” said Torry Hoover, President, Hoover & Strong. “Recycled, Fairmined and Fairtrade metal options are now readily available, so jewelers have opportunities to create the most beautiful eco-friendly jewels in the world. We support the efforts of the
IAC Gold Conference in its ongoing commitment to exploring the issues of responsibility and ethical sourcing."
Jewelry and Accessories Designer Kara Ross released this statement:
“I am thrilled to be involved in IAC's Gold Conference because I believe in the power of collaboration through collective communities. The conference uses gold as a lens to explore industry issues such as sustainability and ethical sourcing; collaboration and new models of working, learning, and spreading skills,” said Kara Ross. “I only have one voice, but if we work together as an industry our messages will be amplified and heard.”
Formal sessions for the conference will be held at The Graduate Center, The City University of New York (365 Fifth Ave.). Additionally, two private cocktail receptions and viewings will be hosted for conference attendees. On April 262017, Reinstein/RossGoldsmiths will host a reception at its Downtown Store and Gallery (30 Gansevoort Street). And Aaron Faber Gallery, will host a reception and viewing on April 27, 2017 (666 Fifth Avenue). For further information regarding presenters, schedules and locations for events related to this conference, please see the following agenda.

Those interested in attending can register at,  https://iacgold2017.eventbrite.com.
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About Initiatives in Arts and Culture
Initiatives in Arts and Culture (IAC) is an organization committed to educating diverse audiences in the fine, decorative, and visual arts, as well as architecture. IAC's primary activities are conferences, publications, and exhibitions. These take an interdisciplinary approach, considering issues related to fabrication, connoisseurship, cultural patrimony, cultural preservation, and the future of culture. Particular areas of emphasis include American painting, the history of frames, the Arts and Crafts movement (internationally and in the United States), the art of metalworking in America, the art of the frame, the influence of Asian cultures on American fine and decorative art, and the history and future of fashion and materials. IAC’s projects have been supported by a wide array of individual, corporate and foundation funders.

Initiatives in Art and Culture’s Seventh Annual Gold Conference Agenda
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
6:00–8:00 p.m. Kick-Off Reception and Viewing, Reinstein/RossGoldsmiths
Downtown Store and Gallery, 30 Gansevoort Street
(Remarks by Andrew Schloss, Creative Directive, Reinstein/Ross, Goldsmiths)
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Location: sessions take place at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 365 Fifth Ave.
9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World,” Aja Raden author, Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World in conversation with Michelle Graff, Editor in Chief, National Jeweler.
10:20 – 11:05 a.m. The Golden Menagerie: A Creative Journey,” a presentation by Jewelry Designer Temple St. Clair.
11:20 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Cutting Through the Noise: Differentiating Between Editorial and Advertorial in Social Media,” a panel presentation with Barbara Palumbo, Founder,adornmentality.com; Mark Smelzer, Publisher, JCK magazine and JCKonline.com; Trace Shelton, Editor in Chief, INSTORE Magazine; Monica Stephenson, Founder, idazzle; moderated by Peggy Jo Donahue, Owner, Donahue Communications.
12:15 – 1:00 p.m. Transforming Retail,” a conversation with Andrea Hansen, Founder, LuxeIntelligence; Jim Tuttle, Founder and President, Green Lake Jewelry Works; and Mickey Alam Khan, Founder and Editor in Chief, Luxury Daily.
2:15 – 3:05 p.m. Technological Alchemy: Alloys, Refining, and Other Transformations of Gold,” a panel presentation with Ted Doudak, Founder and CEO, Riva Precision Manufacturing, Inc.; Linus Drogs, Owner and President, AU Enterprises; Lindsey Rubin, Corporate Secretary, Republic Metals Corporation; Stewart Grice, Vice President, Mill Products, Hoover & Strong; moderated by Andrea Hill, Founder and CEO, Hill Management Group, LLC.
3:10 – 4:00 p.m. New Models: Contemporary Collaborations and Collectives,” a panel presentation with Simon Alcantara, Jewelry Designer; Dean Harris, Jewelry Designer; Kara Ross, Jewelry and Accessories Designer; Nicholas Varney, Jewelry Designer; moderated by Victoria Gomelsky, Editor in Chief, JCK.
4:15 – 5:15 p.m. Where Are We Now: The Journey Toward Ethical Sourcing, Transparency, and Responsible Practice,” a panel presentation with Cecilia Gardner, independent consultant, and General Counsel and Director, U.S. Kimberley Process Authority Institute; Stewart Grice, Vice President, Mill Products, Hoover & Strong; Sasha Lezhnev, Associate Director of Policy, Enough Project; Christina Miller, Industry Consultant; Elizabeth Orlando, Economic Officer, Bureau of Economic Affairs, Office of Threat Finance and Countermeasures, US Department of State; Toby Pomeroy, Jewelry Designer; Rob Bates, moderated by Senior Editor, JCK.
5:30 PM–7:00 PM Reception and Viewing at Aaron Faber Gallery, 666 Fifth Avenue

Friday, April 28, 2017
Location: sessions take place at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 365 Fifth Ave.
9:15 – 10:00 a.m. “Inspirations for 2018: Consumer Culture and Product Direction,” a presentation by Paola De Luca, Founder, The Futurist Ltd.
10:05 – 10:55 a.m. “Heritage, Traditional Methods, and New World Education: Goldsmith's Hall and Goldsmith's Center – Bringing Jewelers Into the 21st Century,” a presentation by David Mills, Director of Communications and Marketing, Goldsmiths’ Company.
11:10 – 11:55 a.m. “Nectar: A Collaborative Project in Gold Between Atelier Zobel and the Max-Plank Institute of Ornithology,” Peter Schmid, Owner and Creative Director, Atelier Zobel, and Sue Schmid, Manager, Atelier Zobel.
12:00 – 12:50 p.m. “Regulatory Restrictions: Advocacy for and by Jewelers, Retailers, and Manufacturers,” Linus Drogs, Owner and President, AU Enterprises; Mark Hanna, Chief Marketing Officer, Richline Group, Inc.; Susan Thea Posnock, Director of Public Affairs and Education, Jewelers of AmericaSarah Yood, Senior Counsel, Jewelers Vigilance Committee; moderated by Peggy Jo Donahue, Owner, Donahue Communications.
2:00 – 2:55 p.m. “Story Telling: The Importance of Narrative in Today's Jewelry Market,”Wendy Brandes, Jewelry Designer; Brandee Dallow, Director, North America Representative Office—Diamonds Sales and Marketing, Rio Tinto; Orin J. Mazzoni, III, Director, “Sharing the Rough;” Melissa Quick President, Steve Quick Jeweler; Steve Quick, CEO and Founder, Steve Quick Jeweler; Trace Shelton, Editor in Chief, INSTORE Magazine; moderated by Andrea Hill, Founder and CEO, Hill Management Group, LLC.
3:00 – 3:45 p.m. “Alchemy, Dreams, and Gold: A Magical History Tour,” a presentation by Jack Ogden, Jewelry Historian and Industry Consultant.
4:00 – 4:45 p.m. “Strategies for Preserving Multi-Generational Businesses,” a panel presentation with Lita Asscher, President, Royal Asscher of America; Blair Lauren Brown, Jewelry Designer; Jean Z. Poh, Founder and CEO, Swoonery; Andrew Slesinger, Owner, Rough Diamond World; moderated by Brett Barton, Senior Vice President, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.
4:45 – 5:30 p.m. “The Transformational Power of Jewelry,” a conversation with Pippa Small, Jewelry Designer, and Christina Miller, Industry Consultant.
     



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Erik Stewart's Award Winning Platinum & Sapphire "Ruff" Ring

💧Purity: “Gold jewelry is often 14-karat to 18-karat, while platinum is usually at 90 percent to 95 percent purity, making it hypoallergenic” says PGI V.P., Kevin Reilly. 

💧Rarity: Reilly described platinum as simply being rarer. Both gold and platinum occur in rare quantities in the earth’s crust — 0.004 parts per million and 0.005 parts per million, respectively. However, gold is mined in much higher quantities than platinum, resulting in fewer platinum supplies.

💧Enduring quality: When platinum is scratched, the material is displaced instead of being chipped away. This leads to less loss of material.


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💧Feel of weightiness: Pure platinum (21.45g/cm3) has a higher density than pure gold (19.32g/cm3). This makes platinum rings heavier. “Heft is a luxurious feel,” states Reilly. “You want something that you know you can feel on your finger.”

💧Emotional response that it elicits: Reilly notes that platinum wedding rings elicit stronger emotional responses than other rings. “When you receive a gift that’s perceived to be more valuable, the more emotional the response will be,” he says.

💧Real whiteness: Platinum is white by default while gold is yellow. Gold has to be alloyed to achieve whiteness and even then, it will eventually fade to a creamy yellow but platinum stays white.

💧Security with which it can hold a diamond: Among jewelers, platinum is known to have the least “metal memory” among precious metals. This means that platinum prongs are less likely to lose their secure grip on diamonds compared to gold prongs.

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💧One of the main messages that PGI USA wants to get across to consumers in 2017 is the importance of protecting one’s diamond with platinum.
“We’re trying to stress the importance of setting a diamond in a platinum ‘head’ — or prongs,” says Reilly.

Since the diamond is what consumers think about more than any other component of a wedding ring, they need to protect that investment and anything other than platinum is not as secure, notes Reilly, as platinum heads are less likely to snap or loosen over time.
“Our studies have shown that consumers are willing to pay $463 more on average to set their diamonds in platinum once they learn that platinum is more secure for diamonds,” Reilly says.

Information via Platinum Article in Rapaport Magazine.
     



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Alex Soldier's One - Of - A - Kind "Flower of Life"

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Alex Soldier's Flower of Life. Made in 18 karat gold with diamonds, garnets, citirines,
rubies, peridot, iolite, and amethyst. Handmade in NYC. One of a kind.
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Inspired by ancient teachings about the purpose and effect of the chakras on the human life, Alex Soldier created a one of a kind jewelry masterpiece containing symbols of this knowledge of healthy, happy and meaningful living. The word ‘chakra’ is derived from the Sanskrit word meaning ‘wheel’ and is described as a spinning wheel of light. A chakra is like a whirling powerhouse of energy. 

Within our bodies we have seven of these major energy centers which are represented by seven color stones that match to each chakra’s energy color. At the center of the composition is the Flower of Life with natural colored stones, each of which resonates with a specific chakra and thus balances the body's energy flow. 

The Flower of Life is considered to be sacred geometry that contains ancient spiritual value and depicts the fundamental forms of space and time. It brings clarity and deeper insight into the very fabric of life. Alex Soldier’s Flower of Life is made of 18 karat gold—a symbol of the sun known to charge us with its energy and vitality. The flower features 34 separate components that form together a remarkable composition. 

Thanks to Soldier's jewelry-making magic, the piece can be worn as a brooch or a necklace. This genius interchangeable technique is Alex Soldier's signature proprietary invention that makes transformation from one piece to another simple and effortless. Flower diameter: 53.6 mm. Handmade in NYC from responsibly sourced materials. One of a kind.

About Alex Soldier:  Known for his elaborate metalwork, distinctive style and unparalleled craftsmanship, Alex Soldier counts the most stylish tastemakers, celebrities and organizations as clients and the jewelry trade has long praised him as a leader in the field. His incredible talent and innovative spirit have captured the hearts of leading editors, style experts and buyers who often proclaim him as the most innovative designer of our time. Artisanal workmanship defines Alex Soldier’s jewelry. His work is filled with such timeless appeal, intricate detail and daring mastery that it becomes impossible to resist his magical touch. Every piece that he creates bears his signature artistry and precision and represents a constantly evolving combination of shape, color and texture—making each piece as individual as its wearer. Alex Soldier designs with a passion for distinction, using innovative proprietary techniques for decorating metal surfaces to achieve an effect of original texture and detail that surpasses the boundaries of traditional craftsmanship. The beauty of Alex Soldier jewelry lies in the way it blurs the line between fine ornament and miniature sculpture. His work is precious poetry that speaks to the heart.


     


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