Golden Opportunity: Seminar Analyzes Our Favorite Precious Metal

New York—Even at prices of $1,654 an ounce, gold continues to fascinate humankind. A deeper look into that fascination is the subject of a two-day seminar “Gold: Vision, Value and Values.”

Produced by the Initiatives in Art and Culture, this second annual conference unites experts from the fields of mining, jewelry, collecting, finance, and sustainability to examine gold historically and present day. This year special emphasis will be paid to gold jewelry with many top designers speaking about their experiences.

One of the central themes of the event focuses on gold as a coveted metal in different cultures and economies from various vantage points including:

●The challenges and opportunities that jewelry designers face as the price of gold near record levels.

●The rising consumption of gold in the rapidly growing BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia India, China)

●Innovative approaches to minimize mining’s ecological footprint and social impact

●Issues surrounding sustainability, fair trade, and legislation dealing with gold

●Gold continues to be a highly sought after investment and asset in its many forms compared to other precious materials.

The gold conference will be held Thursday, April 12 and Friday, April 13, at the CUNY Graduate Center (Fifth Avenue at 34th Street). Formal sessions are complemented by an evening event at the Fragments store,116 Prince Street.

Ticket are $350 for the two day event, $200 for a single day and $125 for students. To register online go to:

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Confirmed speakers to date include: master goldsmiths: Michael Good and Giovanni Corvaja; David Lamb, managing director, jewelry, World Gold Council; jewelers Temple St. Clair, Heather Moore, Monica Rich Kosann, Rebecca Koven, George Sawyer, and Toby Pomeroy; Benjamin Zucker, internationally recognized authority on jewels and gems; Jack Ogden, chief executive, Gemological Association of Great Britain;  Robert B. Headley, COO, Jewelers of America; Gregory Kwiat, CEO, Fred Leighton; George Harlow, curator of Minerals and Gems, American Museum of Natural History; Mark Mauthner, geologist, photographer and museum consultant; Ed Opitz, VP, Corporate Responsibility, Kinross Gold Corporation; William R. Williams, VP, Environment, Barrick Gold; Nick Cotts, Group Executive, Environment and Social Responsibility, Newmont Mining Corporation; Jennifer Krill, executive director, Earthworks; Juan Carlos Artigas, Global Head, Investment Research, World Gold Council; Michael Berry, CEO, Discovery Investing; Jeffrey M. Christian, managing director and founder, CPM Group; Douglas Groh, portfolio manager, Tocqueville Gold Fund; Brian K. Hicks, portfolio co-manager, Global Resources, Fund, US Global Investors; Kevin Quigg, global head, strategy /consulting, SPDR Gold Shares.












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