What Will the Jewelry Industry Be Like in the Year 2069?



As we look back over the past 150 years of JCK, it’s easy to indulge our nostalgia for the way things were. But equally tempting is the urge to look forward and indulge our imagination about the way things will be. Fifty years from now seemed like a good place to land. Rather than grapple solo with what the future has in store for the jewelry trade and our magazine, we asked 19 of the industry’s best and brightest—people who, like many of us, hope to be around to see 2069—to divine how jewelry retail will evolve over the next ­half-century. Some envision robotic sales clerks and virtual reality experiences to the max. Others expect to read the daily news not on ­today’s tablets or smartphones but via smart chips ­implanted in our brains. Still others imagine a better, more environmentally friendly future, in which mining and manufacturing processes give back rather than de
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