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With Elisabeth Austin (Creative Dir., Diamond Runway), Melissa Dusenberry (Creator, AllTheBrilliants), Wendy Brandes (Jewelry Designer), Catherine Cason (Founder, Gem Breakfast), Kim Nelson (Chair Jewelry Design Dept, FIT).
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 03:00 PM   Absolutely Free
Katie Murphy Amphitheater @ FIT Campus, 227 W 27TH ST

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Your first step into the business of Fine Jewelry may be as simple as designing your engagement ring, while others have a long held dream of a place in the world of couture jewelry as a successful designer or gallerist. Discover how the playing field has changed in the fine jewelry business where the road to success has been re-routed in the age of digital media. Presenting success stories & cautionary tales, our panel of distingished industry personalities with varied backgrounds (who catapaulted into the Jewelry industry from the outside) include Elisabeth Austin, Diamantaire & Creative Director of Melissa Dusenberry creator of, Couture jewelry designer Wendy Brandes (, Erica Silverglide @GemologyGeek (IG) & trailblazing digital gallerist Catherine Cason ( All panel members discuss the process & importance of nurturing an audience as a precursor to success in the digital era. Special Guest Kim Nelson, Chair of the Jewelry Design Department at FIT, weighs in ondesign & product development using both traditional & digital media & how the future of fine jewelry contains opportunities for new creatives. A question & answer session will wrap up the presentation.
NYC Jewelry Week is New York City's first & only week dedicated topromoting the world of jewelry through educational & innovativeNYC-focused programming. Its inaugural year of programming takes placefrom November 12-18, 2018. NYCJW features groundbreaking exhibitions,educational lectures, explorative workshops, exclusive tours, & uniquecollaborations with the best & brightest businesses, brands,individual jewelers, artists, & designers throughout NYC.

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