In a commitment to a more equitable future for the diamond jewelry industry, the Natural Diamond Council and jewelry designer, Lorraine Schwartz, are pleased to introduce the Emerging Designers Diamond Initiative. With the allocation of $1 million dollars of diamond credit, this program will provide opportunities, remove barriers to entry, and offer unparalleled access to industry education and resources to Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) jewelry designers based in the United States.
Jewelry Designer, Lorraine Schwartz explains her intent with this initiative, “Although I’m a third generation diamond dealer who also became a designer, I know the struggles there are for women in my field. This industry was male-dominated and I had to work harder to be taken seriously. This industry is also very generational meaning it is passed down from father to son, between family and friends. This is why I believe this initiative is so important. It will encourage and help talented jewelry designers and give them the tools they need to grow their business and help those communities that haven’t been exposed to this industry.”
Applications are now open at https://www.naturaldiamonds.com/