Here’s a reminder for you: I’ll be speaking on two panels at annual gold conference hosted by Initiatives in Art and Culture, which is taking place this Thursday, April 12, and Friday, April 13, in New York City. Use my VIP code — WENDYB — to get a discount when you buy your tickets through Eventbrite.
Last month, I spoke to Initiatives in Art and Culture founder and president Lisa Koenigsberg about what you can expect from the conference. If you missed that video on my YouTube channel, check it out now.
I posted another clip from this interview on my personal Instagram. In this one, I talk about the generation gap in the jewelry industry. As overseas competition and computer-assisted design drastically reduced the work available for jewelers with expertise in traditional techniques over the past decade, a lot of those folks went out of business. Now that customers are valuing that kind of handmade quality again, there aren’t as many jewelers out there to provide the important hands-on guidance to the people just starting out in the business.
David Bindra of B&B Fine Gems also spoke about this in an interview with National Jeweler:
“There’s a generational gap that exists in our business. In order to sustain an ecosystem that will be present in the next 20 to 30 years, we need to work hard on developing the next generation of gem dealers, manufacturers, couture designers, diamaintaires and all of the above.”