HERE WE ARE is a strategic initiative designed to address widespread inequity and a lack of representation in the jewelry industry through action and impact. Launched in 2019, and founded in collaboration with our Director of Cultural Diversity and Inclusion, Elliot Carlyle, the HERE WE ARE program highlights creators, and builds industry awareness around issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, representation, and allyship.

Each year, in alignment with our mission and core values, we select a group of jewelers who represent the diverse spectrum of creators in the United States. The HERE WE ARE program provides a platform for the selectees and offers professional development, mentorship, and programming year round.


NYC Jewelry Week is dedicated to equity and inclusion, and we are committed to our community through the following tenets: Awareness + Education + Empowerment + Opportunity + Sustainability.

We embrace responsibility and accountability, and commit to cultivating a diverse and inclusive culture within the jewelry community through our programs, our platform, and our initiatives. We take a stand against racism, and actively build an environment that promotes diversity, inclusion, mindfulness, relationships, and dialogue.

Our strategic initiatives were conceived to address barriers to entry for underrepresented jewelers by providing access to information and resources, creating professional and economic growth opportunities, and embracing accessibility and sustainability practices within the industry.

An inclusive community is made up of everyone, and our commitment to everyone is jewelry for all. We commit to the engagement and inclusion of everyone regardless of age, culture, liability, education, gender, gender identity, language, origin, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Through our platform we build a culture that is inclusive through awareness, education, and empowerment. Through our partnerships we provide opportunities that sustain the artists, designers, and creatives we serve.

Our goal is to empower our selectees and educate our audience through this exciting program. As part of our commitment to jewelry for all, it is essential that we create space for transparency within the industry. We are committed to taking action and recognize the importance of making this commitment public, as such we have outlined the ways in which we take ACTION and create IMPACT through the HERE WE ARE program:



The Jewelry Project is a virtual education series and pilot program developed by NYC Jewelry Week in partnership with the NY Board of Education. The program introduces high school students to the possible career opportunities in the jewelry industry, and builds connectivity between students and industry professionals.

The pilot program was designed to engage high schools serving predominantly black and brown students, advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in an industry where people of color are grossly underrepresented.


Launched in 2020, The NoLo Studios x HERE WE ARE Residency Program offers a New York area based BIPOC jeweler a year-long NoLo Studios membership, a basic jewelry bench set up within the studio, financial support for business development and photography services from the NoLo collective community and involvement in the HWA platform.

2021 RESIDENT: Rahiel Desta, founder of Desta Jewelry.

If you are interested in receiving updates on the program to participate or to sponsor, please contact us through the below link.


The HWA x 1sDibs MARKETPLACE is an online jewelry market, featuring the HWA honorees, created in partnership with 1stDibs. Hosted on, The Marketplace offers an opportunity to the HWA participants for exposure to a global audience. The 2021 MARKETPLACE launches in line with NYCJW21 on November 15, 2021.


Launched in 2020, the HERE WE ARE Funding Awards recognize outstanding talent within our HERE WE ARE cohort. Each year we select three individuals whose dedication to their practice is outstanding, offering unrestricted grants to these notable individuals. HWA selectees are automatically eligible for these grants, and recipients are announced each year during NYCJW.

EXHIBITIONS AWARD $5000 – The Exhibition Award is granted to an established jeweler to produce an exhibition for NYCJW.

EMERGING ENTREPRENEURS AWARDS $1500 – The Emerging Entrepreneurs Awards offers two awards of $1500 granted to emerging jewelers to expand their business.


Applications for HERE WE ARE are currently closed. If you are a jeweler and are interested in applying, submit your info through link below and get notified when applications open.


HWA is proudly served and directed by a Committee of industry professionals who steer the program’s yearly activities and support the HWA honorees with professional guidance and support.

Alain Simic

Andrea Rosales-Balcarel

Bella Neyman

Elliot Carlyle

Filecellia Sampson

JB Jones

Jennifer Gandia

Karen Davidov



HERE WE ARE is supported by businesses and brands committed to supporting equity in the jewelry industry. These brands dedicate both time and finances to ensure that the HWA platform can support the jewelers within it and make positive change in the jewelry industry.