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October 25-26, 2019


Join the Responsible Jewelry Movement

The Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference (CRJC) was founded in 2017, when jewelry designer Susan Wheeler decided to bring people together from across the world to discuss how to make jewelry supply chains more transparent and make jewelry business more beneficial to all members of the industry vertical.

The CRJC's mission is to engage everyone in the jewelry industry; miners, makers, professionals, educators, and students. To address all the ways that individuals and companies can be involved in the responsible jewelry movement. To make a difference by making things happen.

Now entering its third year, the CRJC has already contributed to the development of new educational, industrial, and community initiatives. It has become the place where responsible supply chain think-ers and do-ers around the world gather to talk, plan, share, and learn. This is one exciting conference, and we'd like you to be part of it too.


Chicago, Illinois

Film Row Cinema at Columbia

Chicago's Vibrant South Loop


mean the world to us

The Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference is a grass roots conference. The support we receive from sponsors is profoundly appreciated and put to good use, primarily for the purpose of paying travel and visa-related fees for speakers to join us from the countries that represent the beginning of most jewelry supply chains.

Get your ticket

Don't miss out on the most important event addressing the challenges of responsible jewelry sourcing and production. Join us in Chicago for the Responsible Jewelry Conference.

2018 Schedule

We're busy finalizing the 2019 schedule now. In the meantime, take a look at our 2018 lineup to give you an idea of what to expect.

1st Day


  • 8:00 AM
    Registration & light breakfast
  • 9:00 AM
    Welcome - Susan Wheeler
  • 9:15 AM
    Keynote - Mark Hanna, Richline Group
  • 10:00 AM
    Columbia Gold Mining, Rolberto Alvarez
  • 11:00 AM
    Gem Cutting Panel, Eric Braunwart
  • 12:10 PM
    Lunch & Breakout Sessions
  • 1:35 PM
    Dragonfly Initiative & Bahia Mine Presentation
  • 2:40 PM
    Responsible Gem Boutique & Networking
  • 3:15 PM
    Premiere: River of Gold
  • 5:00 PM
    Cocktail Party

2nd Day


  • 9:00 AM
    Breakfast & Gem Boutique
  • 9:45 AM
    Jewelry Designer Panel
  • 10:50 AM
    Joanne Lebert, IMPACT
  • 11:40 AM
    Glenn Lehre, Colourful Life Foundation
  • 12:25 PM
    Lunch & Breakout Sessions
  • 1:30 PM
    Gemstone Mining Panel
  • 2:35 PM
    Robert Weldon, GIA
  • 3:20 PM
    Gem Boutique & Networking
  • 4:05 PM
    Yianni Melas, Gem Explorer
  • 6:00 PM
    Cocktail Party, Steve Quick Jeweler


We are proud to partner with organizations that also work tirelessly to improve the world and our industry with better social, economic, and environmental practices.