BIPOC Jewelers demand equity in the jewelry industry. We propose more long-term commitments to racial equity with the following
guidelines, which reflect our ethos and values:
Invest in education and new/inclusive curriculum in schools and jewelry design programs.
Create more educational opportunities in both technical and artistic training for BIPOC Designers.
Offer paid apprenticeships, scholarships and grants, business development and job opportunities. These opportunities apply to university and college sectors as well as the commercial world.
Increase the representation of BIPOC-owned businesses in retail shelf space.
Employ people of color in your classrooms, retail sales floor, trade show booths, boardrooms, organizational committees, creative roles, merchandising and marketing positions.
Increase presence of socially conscious BIPOC on organization committees and corporate Boards of Directors.
Ensure there is a fair and equitable representation of people from all backgrounds at exhibitions and luxury fairs worldwide.
Support the supply chain across the board. This includes BIPOC bench jewelers, lapidaries, miners, gem dealers, casters, stone setters, and CAD designers; create greater equity in the distribution of profit in the supply chain.
Continue finding and supporting BIPOC designers through media interviews, articles, studio visits, jewelry making series, and social media content that provides a platform to amplify BIPOC voices and highlight their talents.
Acknowledge the origins of inspiration from BIPOC cultures, traditions, and historical objects.
Acknowledge that inclusion means supporting BIPOC designers without having to compromise our authentic identities; we demand the freedom to create art without the threat of our message being co-opted.
Acknowledge that social justice is inherently tied to any responsible sourcing and sustainability policies and take actionable steps to ensure that the people in the countries from which the raw materials utilized in the creation of fine jewelry are not marginalized or exploited.
Support the creation of a BIPOC Jewelers Association to protect our work and future.
Increase art school recruitment of BIPOC talent from high schools, including funding through scholarships, mentorships and mental health support in order to ensure student retention.
Showcase support of students and recent graduates through mentorship and incubator programs, as well as realistic access to business development funding and paid internships within industry trade organizations that offer a comprehensive perspective of how the industry works.