JCK Industry Fund Opens Submissions for 2023 Grants

Norwalk, CT (September 20, 2022) - JCK announced today it has opened submissions for the 2023 JCK Industry Fund application process.

The mission of the JCK Industry Fund is to support the jewelry industry’s long-term success and growth by providing grant funding to impactful organizations with the vision and programming to drive sustainable improvements across the industry. Since 1997, the fund has awarded over $7 million towards program grants to benefit the jewelry industry at large.

“We encourage any organization that is looking to make a positive impact in the overall industry to apply,” states Sarin Bachmann, Group Vice President, RX Jewelry Portfolio, and JCK Industry Fund Committee Chair. “By offering grants to a wide range of initiatives and organizations, we can collectively do more to accelerate the growth and health of our industry at large.”

JCK has donated $250,000 or more into the Industry Fund every year since inception, including in 2020 when JCK was not able to have a show. With face-to-face shows back and the majority of exhibitors and many attendees contributing to the fund, the JCK Industry Fund granted nearly $300,000 to recipients this year – the highest amount awarded in over five years. Supporting both developed and small businesses, the JCK Industry Fund’s contributions have made otherwise impossible tasks achievable.

The recipients are selected due to their synergy with the core goals of the fund, as determined by a committee comprised of the following jewelry industry leaders: Sarin Bachmann, Group Vice President, RX Jewelry Portfolio; John Green, President & CEO, Lux Bond & Green; Michael Lerche, President, Goldstar Jewellery LLC; Eddie LeVian, CEO, Le Vian; and Sam Sandberg, Chairman, A.Jaffe. The committee will review all applications and select the final recipients. Grant beneficiaries will be notified in early 2023 and a formal announcement introducing the recipients will be distributed.

Recipients of grants develop initiatives, projects, and overall business ventures that support the sustainability, health, and growth of the jewelry industry at large. Recipients’ initiatives include supporting inclusion and diversity, developing innovation in sustainable processes in jewelry production, education on industry regulations and best practices, to name a few. In 2022, JCK Industry Fund provided over $300,000 grants to the following organizations:

  • American Jewelry Design Council
  • Black in Jewelry Coalition
  • Diamonds Do Good
  • Gem Legacy
  • International Colored Gemstone Association
  • Jewelers of America
  • Jewelers Security Alliance
  • Jewelers Vigilance Committee
  • Mercury Free Mining
  • MJSA Education Foundation
  • Women’s Jewelry Association

Companies, organizations, and nonprofit associations who have a project or initiative that will benefit the industry as a whole through commerce, development, consumer confidence, advancing business practices, or diversity and inclusion, are encouraged to apply.

To apply for the 2023 JCK Industry Fund, visit jck2023.com/industryfund. Applications must be received by November 18, 2022. Each year JCK donates a percentage of event registration fees towards the building of the JCK Industry Fund, along with contributions made by independent donors. If you are passionate about supporting the jewelry industry through our work at the JCK Industry Fund, please consider donating today at jck2023.com/donate. Donations to the fund are also accepted during attendee and exhibitor registration each year. Registration for JCK & Luxury invited retailers will be open soon.

About JCK

Considered the most important jewelry exhibition in North America, JCK is where the entire industry, products and innovations in jewelry connect. JCK has been a launchpad for jewelry trends, products and brands for three decades. Offering unrivaled access to a diverse group of quality buyers and sellers from around the globe, more than 18,000 professionals attend annually and connect over a shared passion for jewelry. This is where jewelry industry and its media and partners unite to do business, make vital connections and get inspired during multiple days of product discovery and exceptional experiences. The annual destination where the entire jewelry industry gathers to buy, sell, network, educate and celebrate. Visit lasvegas.jckonline.com.

About RX (Reed Exhibitions)

RX is in the business of building businesses for individuals, communities and organisations. We elevate the power of face-to-face events by combining data and digital products to help customers learn about markets, source products and complete transactions at over 400 events in 22 countries across 43 industry sectors. RX is passionate about making a positive impact on society and is fully committed to creating an inclusive work environment for all our people.  RX is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. www.rxglobal.com