GOLD Vision, Value and Values – a conference

February 15th, 2012
Posted in General News, Gold

Text has been adapted from Initiatives in Art and Culture conference materials.

New York, NY (February 13, 2012)Initiatives in Art and Culture (IAC) announces its Second Annual Gold Conference “Gold: Vision, Value and Values.” This two-day event will feature experts in the fields of mining, jewelry, collecting, finance, and sustainability who examine gold and its historical and contemporary role in culture. The conference will take place April 12 – 13, 2012, at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (Fifth Ave. at 34th Street).

At no other conference will the voices of jewelers, mining companies, investors, museums, environmental organizations and scientists be given the equal weight necessary to spark critical conversations. GOLD is unique in its approach and aims to create a rountable environment where attendees can reach across the “table” and engage with unlikely conversation partners. Initiatives in Art and Culture is offering a special registration discount to Ethical Metalsmiths. Access PDF for promotional code. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD INFORMATIONAL PDF. Registration has already begun!

Speakers will address gold in all forms (mineral, ingot, currency, jewelry, etc.), and each stage of its production and use. Speakers will discuss topics such as gold price fluctuations and its impact on jewelers; gold as a financial investment; geographic distribution of gold demand; innovative approaches to minimize mining’s ecological footprint and social impact; and the history, development, and creation of gold jewelry and artifacts.

Innovative approaches to minimize mining’s ecological footprint and social impact are a central concern. Issues pertaining to sustainability, fair trade, and legislation addressing chain of custody are key. The conference also showcases contemporary artists who make jewelry and beautiful objects with gold, as well as historical work and techniques. We address challenges and opportunities faced by artists as the price of gold continues near record levels. An additional focus is the rising consumption in the rapidly developing economies of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China), as well as cultures in which the significance of gold is deeply embedded. Gold is also considered as an investment and asset in its many forms and relative to other precious materials.

Among confirmed speakers to date are: master goldsmiths: Michael Good and Giovanni Corvaja; Jennifer Krill, executive director, Earthworks; Toby Pomeroy, designer, goldsmith and activist for social and environmental responsibility in the jewelry industry; Robert B. Headley, COO, Jewelers of America; George Harlow, curator of Minerals and Gems, American Museum of Natural History; Mark Mauthner, geologist, photographer and museum consultant; Ed Opitz, VP, Corporate Responsibility, Kinross Gold Corporation; William R. Williams, VP, Environment, Barrick Gold; Nick Cotts, Group Executive,   Environment and Social Responsibility, Newmont Mining Corporation; David Lamb, managing director, Jewelry, World Gold Council; jewelers Temple St. Clair, Heather Moore, Monica Rich Kosann, Rebecca Koven, George Sawyer, Benjamin Zucker, internationally recognized authority on jewels and gems; Jack Ogden, chief executive, Gemological Association of Great Britain;  Gregory Kwiat, CEO, Fred Leighton; Michael Berry, CEO, Discovery Investing; Juan Carlos Artigas, Global Head of Investment Research, World Gold Council; Douglas Groh, portfolio manager, Tocqueville Gold Fund; and Kevin Quigg, global head, strategy /consulting, SPDR Gold Shares (as of 2/14/2012).

An evening event at Fragments complements sessions at CUNY Graduate Center (Fifth Avenue @ 34th Street).

The World Gold Council is the Premier Sponsor of the event. Barrick Gold Corporation and Newmont Mining Corporation are sponsors at the Partner Level; Kinross Gold Corporation and SPDR Gold Trust are sponsors at the Donor Level. We are also grateful for sponsorship from Tocqueville Asset Management and support from Fragments. The Society of North American Goldsmiths and Metalsmith magazine are media sponsors.

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Lisa Koenigsberg
Initiatives in Art and Culture
(646) 485-1952


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