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The 2019 Conference is Coming Together . . .

The details of the 2019 Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference are coming together now. Nothing is final yet, but here is a glimpse into our planning: 

  • Presentation about health and safety issues associated with quartz cutting in India.

  • Panel about responsible pearls

  • Discussion about projects trying to control silica dust exposures in informal workplaces in Asia and Africa.

  • A representative from the US State Department and the JVC (Jewelers Vigilance Committee) will share information and guidance on new laws and regulations related to sourcing.

  • Congo Gold - an on-the-ground perspective.

  • Update on initiatives to eliminate mercury in artisanal gold mining.

  • Circular supply chains - what are they, and how can we  create them in the jewelry industry?

  • Documentary Screening (yes, we have another one - details to be announced soon).

  • Jewelry designer panel - international perspectives.

  • Deforestation and mining panel.

  • Report from AWEIK - the state of artisanal mining in Kenya.

  • Gemstone panel - special focus on single-sourcing.

  • Update on Kimberly Process reforms (with representatives from source countries).

  • Google Earth's project to help identify illegal mining in the Amazon.

  • Gold mining effects and land-right issues in Brazil.

  • New and/or changing supply initiatives from the State Department.

Please Donate to Support the 2019 Conference

Your donation helps defray the costs of sponsoring speakers, visas, paying for airfare and hotels, meals, photography, promotion, and venue costs. All funds received via donation go back into the conference - there are no paid positions in the Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference and no reimbursed administrative expenses!

Any Amount Donations

Please use our general donation form to donate any amount. We welcome and value donations of all sizes, and promise to spend every dollar wisely, and for the advancement of responsible jewelry practices.

Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

General Sponsorships

$10,000.00 each XII Sponsorship
$5,000.00 each X Sponsorship
$2,500.00 each VIII Sponsorship
$1,000.00 each VI Sponsorship
$500.00 each IV Sponsorship

Directed Sponsorships


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.