Lineup Announced for the Seventh Annual IAC Gold Conference

The agenda for the Seventh Annual International Gold Conference, held by Initiatives in Art and Culture (IAC), has been announced under the title: “Creativity, Community, and Collaboration.”

The conference, to be held Wednesday, April 26, to Friday, April 28, at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center, features a lineup of presentations, as well as additional guest receptions hosted by Reinstein/Ross and Aaron Faber Gallery, at their respective store locations.

“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 IAC, in a press release. “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 authoritative individuals in their fields explore that power and how they see it changing our future.”

Polishing a ring (Photo courtesy of Green Lake Jewelry Works)

Highlights of those presentations include:

“Transforming Retail” — A conversation with Luxe Intelligencefounder Andrea Hanson; founder and president of Green Lake Jewelry Works, Jim Tuttle; and founder and editor-in-chief of Luxury Daily, Mickey Alam Khan.

“Regulatory Restrictions: Advocacy for and by Jewelers, Retailers, and Manufacturers” — Moderated by Peggy Jo Donahue of Donahue Communications, and featuring Linus Drogs, owner and president of AU Enterprises; Mark Hanna, chief marketing officer of Richline Group; Susan Thea Posnock, director of public affairs and education for Jewelers of America; and Sarah Yood, senior counsel for Jewelers Vigilance Committee.

“Cutting Through the Noise: Differentiating Between Editorial and Advertorial in Social Media” — A panel presentation moderated by Donahue Communications’ Peggy Jo Donahue, with JCK magazine and JCKonline publisher Mark Smelzer; Barbara Palumbo, founder of Adornmentality and What’s On Her Wrist; Trace Shelton, editor-in-chief of InStore Magazine; and Monica Stephenson, founder of and Anza Gems.

“Story Telling: The Importance of Narrative in Today’s Jewelry Market” — Moderated by founder and CEO of Hill Management Group, Andrea Hill, this panel includes jewelry designer Wendy Brandes; Rio Tinto director of diamond sales and marketing, North America, Brandee Dallow; Sharing the Rough director Orin J. Mazzoni III; Melissa and Steve Quick, president, and CEO and founder of Steve Quick Jeweler, respectively; and Trace Shelton, editor-in-chief of InStore Magazine.

Temple St. Clair Bee bracelet | JCK

Temple St. Clair’s Bee bracelet (Photo courtesy of Temple St. Clair)

More highlights include “The Golden Menagerie: A Creative Journey,” presented by jewelry designer Temple St. Clair, and “Heritage, Traditional Methods, and New World Education: Bringing Jewelers Into the 21st Century,” presented by Goldsmiths’ Company director of communications and marketing, David Mills.

Sponsors of the seventh annual event include Signet Jewelers, Richline Group, Hoover & Strong, AU Enterprises, Freeman’s, Society of North American Goldsmiths, Republics Metals Corp., and Unleashed.

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