They’re the first cohort from the Natural Diamond Council and Lorraine Schwartz’s “Emerging Designers Diamond Initiative.”
It is the organization’s first contest and was created to celebrate Black love and jewelry design.
The jeweler is pledging $2 million in scholarship funding for students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
“Brilliant & Black: A Jewelry Renaissance” will feature works from 20-plus jewelry designers from the 1950s to present day.
“California Jewels” will feature six of Smith’s pieces, bought at his Greenwich Village store by a friend and collector.
From inclusivity in the workplace to climate change, these are the issues the jewelry giant is prioritizing.
Its colorful window displays support inclusion and benefit the Black in Jewelry Coalition.
Originally intended for two Black aspiring jewelry professionals, three individuals will have their gemology education fully funded.
They are: Marvin Linares, Malyia McNaughton, Jameel Mohammed, Constance Polamalu, Lisette Scott, and Dorian Webb.
They will receive $500 each in sample production resources as well as mentorship and business incubation.
The diamond miner and marketer has extended its partnership with UN Women for an additional five years.
National Jeweler breaks down the results of its recent employee-focused survey on diversity, which paints a different picture than the survey taken by employers.
Women hold 42 percent of the jeweler’s senior management positions and 82 percent of employees represent gender or ethnic diversity.
A total of 50 brands will benefit from the program that aims to provide jewelry designers entry to the fine jewelry world through diamond financing.
National Jeweler breaks down the results of the survey on diversity in the fine jewelry industry that it conducted in partnership with Jewelers of America.
Annie Doresca and Elyssa Jenkins discuss how the organization got started and where it’s headed in the latest episode of “My Next Question.”
Led by a board comprised entirely of Black professionals, the Black in Jewelry Coalition is dedicated to fostering inclusivity and opportunity.
Erica Lovett, the former director of inclusion and diversity at Condé Nast, has joined the storied watch and jewelry company.
With an initial $50,000 endowment, it’s named for Art Smith, the leading midcentury black jewelry designer.