From Mine to Lab: Where Will Diamonds Go From Here?

Loose Diamonds iStock 000016706134 SquareThe growing availability of lab-grown diamonds and their expanding appeal—especially to the Millennial market—has led to new questions about the future of the diamond industry. How will mined and synthetic diamonds co-exist? Do synthetics pose a threat to natural diamonds, and do they raise the threat of disclosure problems? This panel discussion will explore the changing facets of the diamond market. Moderated by Andrea Hill, Hill Management Group, Chicago ( Panelists: Cecilia Gardner, Jewelers Vigilance Committee, New York City (; Don Palmieri, Gem Certification and Assurance Lab (GCAL)/GEMPRINT, New York City (; Dr. Wuyi Wang, Gemological Institute of America, New York City (; Stanley Zale, Stuller Inc., Lafayette, Louisiana (

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Doing Good: Sourcing Metals and Gemstones Responsibly

responsibility social Depositphotos 2160664 webIncreasingly, consumers want to know the origins of the metals and gems in the jewelry they buy, and to be sure that those materials were mined in an ethical, responsible way. This session will review the industry’s efforts to create chain-of-custody standards, as well as outline the questions you need to ask when sourcing materials. Moderated by Andrea Hill, Hill Management Group, Chicago ( Panelists: Peter Calvert, Ethical Metalsmiths, Andes, New York (; Mark Hanna, The Richline Group, New York City (; Larry Bock, Hoover & Strong, North Chesterfield, Virginia (; Toby Pomeroy, TOBY POMEROY, Corvallis, Oregon (

This seminar is taking place at the MJSA Expo on Monday, March 13 from 10:30 AM - Noon. At the Javits in New York City

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Andrea Hill is Presenting at IJO in Grapevine, Texas

On Saturday, February 18, Andrea Hill be presenting two sessions at the educational conference preceding the IJO Trade Show, which will be held at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas. 

Session 1: What's in a Small Business Strategy?

Session 2: Merchant, Seller, Sage: What to do if You Want to be Part of the Future of Retail.

If you're an IJO member (and you must be to participate), don't miss these sessions! We've created a fun infographic for you to share what she'll be teaching in the "Merchant, Seller, Sage" session.


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