On May 19 - 22, jewelry professionals from around the world attended the 27th annual Santa Fe Symposium in Albuquerque, NM. This unique conference brings together some of the most respected minds in the jewelry industry to share their research with colleagues. Topics ranged from manufacturing solutions to jewelry trends and marketing tips.
Santa Fe Symposium provides creative solutions to industry challenges. The information gathered leads to fewer manufacturing defects, faster production and better products. Jewelers return year after year to preview up-and-coming technology, to plan for future needs as well as discover solutions that can be used immediately.
“It is the best and the only event that I can get this kind of information in such a short amount of time,” says John Butler, a research and development specialist from Stuller, Inc. who has attended seven times. “We talked about defects in metals and there are some things that I want to go back over and retest.”
The event fosters a sense of camaraderie. Ideas are shared. New friendships are forged. And participants leave excited to apply what they have learned.
“I think this is one of the most fabulous events across any industry,” says Anne B. Miller, executive consultant to IBM who presented on successful adoption of change in the workplace. “The sharing that occurs here! The rich technical knowledge exchanged. And the ‘napkin engineering’ that you see happening at the tables. I came down last night and there were pockets of people engaged in conversations with their iPads up and showing designs. The energy here is exhilarating and contagious.”
Santa Fe Symposium fosters a variety of timely and relevant discussions. A vigorous debate regarding FTC guidelines, practices and procedures for hallmarking jewelry led to a call to action for jewelers to voice their recommendations to the FTC now while these guidelines are being written.
Next year’s Symposium will be held May 18 - 21 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For more information visit www.santafesymposium.org.