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Harvard University hosts inaugural State of the Art Jewelry Summit

The first ever collaboration between The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), The Mineralogical and Geological Museum at Harvard University (MGMH) and the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) takes place on 23rd June in-person at Harvard University.


Three of the world’s most respected thought leaders come together to explore challenges, opportunities, and the future of responsible practice at the ‘State of the Art Jewelry Summit’.

Climate change and its implications on the supply chain, the business of technology and the evolution of consumer expectations - this unique day of panel discussions and presentations by global experts, academics and artists will share valuable insight into the value and desire powering responsible jewellery. Human rights, risk and conflict also feature, and the day will end with the Young Diamantaires discussing the future of the industry through the eyes of those who will inherit it.

Three women thought leaders will host the Summit: Melanie Grant, RJC Executive Director, Susan Jacques, GIA President and CEO, and Raquel Alonso-Perez Ph.D, Curatrix, MGMH at Harvard University. The line-up of speakers is an extraordinary mix of pioneers. From the likes of famed jeweller, artist and inventor Wallace Chan to the President and CEO of Lucara Diamond, Eira Thomas, to Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering at Harvard, Dan Schrag, who will deliver the keynote address.

Metamorphosis (brooch) by Wallace Chan. Courtesy of the artist

GIA Chivor mining area

GIA Small scale mine visits in Tanzania

RJC will launch its first ever ESG toolkit at the Summit which will be available free to all attendees. This is a blueprint for applying environmental, social and governance to jewellery businesses globally. The Summit will bring all sectors of the gem and jewellery industry together to shape our collective approach to, and understanding of, responsible jewellery. There will be a chance to network, brainstorm, listen and learn from current and future leaders in one of the most important centres of learning in the world, Harvard University.

“I’m excited that the MGMH at Harvard University is hosting its ever first Summit on responsible jewelry in collaboration with The RJC and GIA. Our mission is to unite art, science and industry so that we might tackle the future together. Growth must be more than economic.”

Raquel Alonso-Perez – Curatrix, Mineralogical and Geological Museum, Harvard University

A selection of speakers and moderator

Wallace Chan – artist, jeweller, sculptor and inventor

Eira Thomas – President and CEO, Lucara Diamond

Cristina Villegas – Director, Sustainable Markets, Pact

Tiffany Stevens – President, CEO and General Counsel, Jewelers Vigilance Committee

Emily Stoehrer – Jewelry Curator, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Adrianne Sanogo – Chair of Education, Black in Jewelry Coalition

David Ager – Senior lecturer in executive education, Harvard Business School

Raquel Alonso-Perez – Curatrix, Mineralogical and Geological Museum, Harvard University

Melanie Grant – Executive Director, Responsible Jewellery Council

Susan Jacques – President and CEO, GIA

RJC is the world’s leading sustainability standard setting organisation for the jewellery and watch industry. Our vision is a responsible world-wide supply chain that promotes trust in the global jewellery and watch industry.

The Mineralogical & Geological Museum at Harvard University (MGMH) is committed to the development and preservation of world-class collections of minerals, gems and jewelry, meteorites and Earth archival materials for research, education, and public display. We strive to meet the needs of students and faculty at Harvard University as well as the community and public at large by serving as a uniquely rich resource of materials and information.

An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight and, in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which is recognized around the world as the standard for diamond quality.


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