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JCK Industry Fund Announces 2023 Grant Recipients

JCK Industry Fund Committee has announced grant recipients recently. A total of $340,000 funds will be shared with nine winning industry organisations. 


Since its inception in 1997, the fund has awarded over $7 million in grants toward programmes that benefit the jewellery industry at large, in its mission to support the jewellery industrys long-term health, success, and growth.


Sarin Bachmann, RX Jewelry Portfolios group vice president and JCK Industry Fund Committee chair said in a statement: “For over 25 years, we have proudly supported the initiatives and important missions of esteemed organisations whose work benefits our industry, addressing commerce, development, diversity, equity and inclusion, sustainability, and more.”


The winners are: 

Black in Jewellery Coalition (BIJC) has received a grant to help increase diversity in the jewellery industry, through subsidising an increased presence of emerging Black designers and BIJC board members at events and trade shows.


Diamonds Do Good, awarded the grant to support consumer confidence-focused paid social media, YouTube, and partner posts, to strengthen consumer confidence in content and media distribution.


Gem Legacy, to fund building an additional Kitarini Primary School classroom (attended by children of miners) in support of creating diverse and inclusive opportunities for the children of small-scale artisanal coloured-gem mining communities.


Jewelers of America (JA) for its collaboration with BIJC toward the development and launch of a new initiative to support the next generation of diverse jewellery business entrepreneurs, the Emerging Jewelers Accelerator Program (EJAP).


Jewelers Security Alliance for its initiative to introduce a digital edition of its Manual of Jewelry Security, broadening the availability of its manual and promoting a future of sustainability.


Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) for its focus on transparency and sustainability in the jewelry industry. 


Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America (MJSA), to fund its Why I Make Jewelry” promotional campaign with the goal of generating greater interest among aspiring bench jewellers, with a special effort to reach those underrepresented in the industry.


Mercury Free Mining, in continued support of its commitment to the eradication of mercury use in artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) through expanded research and testing; deploying safe, efficient processors; and supporting the jewellery industrys movement dedicated to enabling responsible, mercury-free gold mining.


Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA), in support of its second annual Generating Community Impact in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) Breakfast event during the JCK Show in Las Vegas. 


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