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The 2019 Conference Schedule

The details of the 2019 Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference are nearly complete. We have a few exciting sessions that await final confirmation, but here's what's confirmed so far:

Friday, October 25

  • 8:45 AM

    Continental Breakfast and Networking

  • 9:00 AM

    Opening & Welcome

    Susan Wheeler and Andrea Hill
  • 9:15 AM

    Keynote Presentation

    (finalizing details now!)
  • 10:00 am

    Global Mining & Deforestation. A look at impacts of deforestation and the new environmental model for forest-safe mining.

    Paul Tullis, National Geographic | Brian Cook, Nature's Geometry
  • 11:00 AM

    Public Health Impacts of the Jewelry Supply Chain: Challenges & Solutions

    Perry Gottesfeld

Brown Bag Lunch & Breakout Sessions

  • Breakout 1: Better Without Mercury (Christina Miller)
  • Breakout 2: The Future State Department Guidelines; What You Need to Know (Sara Yood/JVC, Elizabeth Orlando/US State Dept)
  • 1:30 PM

    Just Gold: A Comprehensive Breakdown of the Impact of Each Ounce of Gold

  • 2:40 PM

    Shadow of Gold

    US Premiere! Documentary Screening
  • 4:00 PM

    Panel on Illegal Gold: Where It's Coming From and Impacts to Society and Your Supply Chain

    Angel Camacho, FBI | Alyssa Newman, Google Responsible Supply Chain Program Manager | Brad Brooks-Rubin, Enough Project| Betsy Orlando, US State Department

Cocktails and Networking

Saturday, October 26

  • 8:30 AM

    Continental Breakfast and Networking

  • 9:00 - 9:15

    Presentation of Ethical Metalsmiths Students and Programs

    Eric Braunwart
  • 9:15 AM

    Jewelry Designer Panel

    Moderated by Brandee Dallow, RJC | Meri Geraldine | Dana Bronfman
  • 10:15 AM

    Sustainable Pearls Discussion featuring Cortez Pearls

    Enrique Arizmendi
  • 11:00 AM

    The State of the Cottage Cutting Industry in India

    Jagdish Patel, People's Training & Research Center | Jo Becker, Human Rights Watch

Brown Bag Lunch & Breakout Session

  • Breakout 1: The Gemstone Glossary with Emily Chelsea
  • Breakout 2: Diamonds for Peace with Chie Murkami
  • 1:30PM

    Mine to Market: Single Source for Colored Gemstones and Gold

    Eric Braunwart, Columbia Gemhouse | Moyo Gems | ANZA Gems | Fairmined Gold | AWEIK
  • 2:30 PM

    Diamonds: Working Toward an Equitable Supply Chain

    Mikasiri Sibanda | ZELA
  • 4:00 PM

    A Conversation with the Chiefs of the Paiter-Surui Tribe Regarding Indigenous Management of Mineral Rights

    Chief Henrique and Chief Miguel

Cocktail Party at Steve Quick Jeweler

Here's What We're Still Working On . . .

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

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

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

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.