Every year in May—this year May 18-21—the greatest minds of the jewelry industry convene in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Experts from around the world present their research, attendees listen intently, and everyone absorbs more priceless knowledge in just a few days than a desert soaks up in a hard rainfall. This yearly gathering of expertsto discuss opportunities in the industry is the Santa Fe Symposium. Last year, I snuck away from work for a couple hours and got to see what all of this excitement was about. Based on my observations, here are five reasons you need to be there:
Speakers at the Symposium uncover information, insights and know-how that is hard to find anywhere else. The learning opportunities are endless and deepen exponentially through discussions and conversations about how cutting-edge research affects the industry.
- Personal and Professional Networking
Santa Fe Symposium attracts jewelers and non-jewelers alike from far and wide, creating the ultimate pool of like-minded jewelry professionals and artists. The shared experiences at the Symposium create bonds that thrive beyond three days and carry over from one year to the next. And with the growth of social media, the ability to maintain those bonds is more reliable than ever before.
- Problem Solving
You’ll be able to take what you learned and bring fresh ideas to address your challenges back home. At the Symposium, you’ll be surrounded by people who face some of the same challenges you do.
- Sharing of Ideas and Knowledge
What started in Santa Fe, NM in 1987, due to a lack of available information in the field of jewelry manufacturing, has built momentum to this day. The best part of this event is the sharing of information that occurs. The feeling that we’re all in this together is what drives the event year after year.
- The Saul Bell Design Award Competition Gala Awards Dinner!
This year, for the first time, the Saul Bell Design Award dinner will be held at Santa Fe Symposium! The awards dinner honors jewelry artists who push the boundaries of their craft. You’ll be there to see innovation come full circle—from creative technology to creative design!
From bench myths to the latest scoop on DMLS, the topics planned for this year will propel you to the cutting edge of the industry. There is something here for everyone. Don’t miss out on this year’s powerhouse of ideas. If you are a lifelong learner who keeps up with the fast pace of your industry, then this is the event for you.
Register now to attend the 28th annual Santa Fe Symposium. And stay tuned for a sneak peek at the topics and speakers …