designerDAY Conference


DATE:    Saturday, March 9th, 2013            

LOCATION: NYC Hilton, 1335 Avenue of Americas @ 53 St. NYC

TICKETS  ON SALE NOW:   click here!                       

EARLY BIRD TICKETS ARE LIMITED!   $199  ( $229 after March. 7th)


This is our annual event that brings together designers from around the country and raises their business knowledge to new levels.

We have lined up five amazing speakers and more than a dozen experts in our NEW Learning Stations to help you grow your business to new heights! There will be a lot of time to meet with your peers, swap stories and advice and meet with all the experts we’ve gathered to take every aspect of your business up a notch or two!

When you buy your ticket, you will get invited to our private Facebook page to upload photos of the items you are bringing to the Swap-n-Shop — you get to  pre-shop — and even deal — online and ahead of time!



2013 AGENDA:






Uncovering your ISP (Innovative Selling Proposition) and Overcoming Business Road Blocks

with Belinda Pruyne, Business Innovation Group

Belinda is a business coach that specializes in helping entrepreneurs find their differentiating points and conquer their sales systems. She’s going to be your morning shot of energy helping you craft your unique message for the marketplace.


Making Your Work Appraisable to Retain Value Over Time

with Gail Brett Levine, Executive Director of National Association of Jewelry Appraisers

What do you do if your client gets your custom ring appraised for basically scrap price? There are many things you can do ahead of time to make sure your work will appraise correctly and your customers will feel valued for the life of your jewel


Fine Jewelry, “Made in the USA” Labeling and Other Claims:  What You Can Say About Your Work

with Cecilia Gardner, Jeweler’s Vigilance Committee
The claims you make and how you promote your work can open areas of liability, depending on what you say.  Is your product really “made in America”? This and other claims are governed by legal standards you should know.  Cecilia will break down the law for you and give you advice on how to work within the constraints and share your patriotism and craftsman pride.



lunch — you’re on your own so make a friend and chew&chat!









The Greening of the Jewelry Industry: What’s Responsible Ethical, and Sustainable

with Peggy Jo Donahue, Director of Public Affairs, MJSA

There are many organizations, many acroynms and many people who are making a difference in the world of sustainable/green jewelry. Let Peggy Jo break it all down for you and give you an overview of the organizations and individuals who are effecting real change.




The Trials & Tribulations of A Responsible Designer

with Jennifer Dawes, Dawes Design


Hear Jennifer’s story of how she got into sustainability, the challenges our industry faces and how we can become part of the solution. Also learn where to source materials and what] you should provide to customers to prove you are using the best practices.



NEW! Learning Stations 

Get expert advice on all aspects of your business from gem buying, insurance, public relations, outsourcing, photography, networking, trade showing, advertising and much more.



NEW!   Swap-n-Shop and cocktails

Time to clean out your safe and move on those orphans and mispurchases and find them new homes. Designers can bring what they want 

to swap/sell with other designers –the deals are all private. We take no responsibility for the transactions so deal carefully!






Tickets are $229  — which includes our NEW Swap-n-Shop Cocktail Hour!


Buy your tickets BEFORE Feb. 28th and get our Early Bird Price of $199 — but space is limited so we hope you act early to make sure you don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event.






Business Strategy, Andrea Hill, Strategywerx
Business Operations, Marlene Richey
Sales Tips & Tricks, Belinda Pryune, Business Innovation Group
Designing an Image, Pamela Froman, Pamela Froman Jewelry
Public Relations, Sabine Ptacin, Red Branch PR
Display Mastery, Gary Schroder, Visual Exhibitionism
Social Responsibility, Peggy Jo Donahue, MJSA
How to Buy Diamonds, Douglas Blank, Joseph Blank Diamonds
How to Buy Colored Stones, Laurie Watt, Mayer & Watt
iPhone Photography, Cindy Lichfield, Cloud Dome
Inventory Management, Barbara Carleton, Bejeweled Software
Insuring Your Goods, Michael Bergstein, Eric Courant & Co.
Jewelry Photography Greatness & Uses, Tracey Schuster, StyleExpo



 NEW! Swap-n-Shop Cocktail Party


Got a lot of gems in the back of your safe that you’ll never use?
Bought tools that you don’t really need?
Want to monetize these mistakes and move them on to new homes?
That’s what our Swap-n-Shop is all about!
You will be able to show off what you’ve got and see what other designers have brought and then make your deals — be it swap or sale.
Our private Facebook group will give you the chance to post images before the event so that you can get the jump on the wheeling and dealing! We will send you a Facebook invite after you reserve your ticket. Please email your facebook name to in case we can’t find you.