The MJSA Podcast features news, interviews, and discussions on key topics related to designing, making, marketing, and selling jewelry. The MJSA Podcast is a production of Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America, the trade alliance supporting professional jewelers, designers, and related suppliers.
Today & Tomorrow: Industry Analysis with Erich Jacobs (JBT)
The global shutdown resulting from the COVID-19 crisis is unprecedented, and it’s changing the jewelry industry on many levels. Companies of all sizes are facing serious economic disruptions, as business owners struggle to navigate through the uncertainty. In this episode, Erich Jacobs, President of the Jeweler’s Board of Trade (JBT), shares his analysis of how the crisis is impacting credit, supply chains, and e-commerce, and if the current data are beginning paint a clearer picture of a future reco
Paths to Provenance with Daniel Nyfeler (Gübelin Gem Lab)
Despite recent efforts by the jewelry industry to address transparency and tracing issues with colored gemstones, the conditions under which they are sourced remain highly opaque.
In this episode, Daniel Nyfeler, Managing Director of Gübelin Gem Lab, discusses his company’s Provenance Proof initiative, including a blockchain for colored stones and the Emerald Paternity Test, both aimed at improving gemstone sourcing transparency across the global supply chain.
Succession Planning with Dan Pharr
Our guest on this episode is Dan Pharr, president of Pharr Valuation in Richmond, Virginia. With 30 years of jewelry industry experience, Dan specializes in business valuations of closely held and family owned businesses.
In this interview, Dan discusses the best practices for business owners who want to exit their companies profitably while ensuring their legacies endure. He also explains how to use business valuations to a boost marketability and better prepare for the purchase or sale of a business.
Keeping Compliant with Sara Yood
Our guest on this episode, Sara Yood, senior counsel at the Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC), has made a career out of helping businesses wade through the myriad guidelines, regulations, and laws that apply to making and selling jewelry.
In this discussion, Yood talks about her path into jewelry law, the newly announced line of 1k gold jewelry, lab-grown diamond marketing claims, sourcing and chain of custody procedures, and how designers can protect their intellectual property.
Building Chains of Trust with Susan Wheeler
Responsible sourcing and transparent supply chains are key topics in the jewelry trade and more important than ever to consumers.
In this episode we're joined by jewelry designer, founder of the Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference (CRJC), and leading voice in the resposible jewelry movement, Susan Wheeler. She discusses her own responsible journey, the CRJC, efforts to improve gemstone traceability, and the powerful role that communication plays in connecting the global jewelry supply chain.
The Next Generation of Jewelers with Nanz Aalund
With the current generation of master craftspeople aging out of the jewelry industry, demand for professionally skilled workers is high. But a number of barriers stand in the way of developing an effective education-to-employment pipeline. In this episode, award-winning jewelry designer, goldsmith, author, and educator, Nanz Aalund, discusses her efforts to raise awareness about these issues and to help develop the necessary training and apprenticeship programs to meet the industry’s growing needs.