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 support jewelers, artists and designers who represent the diverse spectrum of creators across the United States through numerous programs that offer professional development, unique partnerships & collaborations and individualized support year round.



HWA EDU is a virtual professional development series a developed by NYC Jewelry Week in partnership with The Goldsmiths’ Centre and Halstead. The series offers select programs from The Goldsmiths’ Centre’s Getting Started program and Halstead’s educational offering and supports it with live virtual workshops led by leaders in the industry. The program is uniquely customized and intentionally flexible to support the needs of US-based independent jewelry brands selected by the HERE WE ARE program to participate.

The pilot program launched in early 2022 led by NYCJW’s Outreach & Education Coordinator, Andrea Rosales-Balcarcel, and The Goldsmith Centre’s Head of Professional Training, Chris Oliver. The program focuses its’ support on small jewelry businesses owned and operated by underrepresented groups in the industry.

The Jewelry Project

The Jewelry Project, founded and led by by Filecellia Sampson, 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 speakers include Jameel Mohammed of KHIRY, Lauren Harwell Godfrey of Harwell Godfrey and more.

The pilot program was designed to engage high schools serving predominantly black and brown students, advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Launched in 2020, The NoLo Studios x HERE WE ARE Residency Program offers a NYC-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. Previous recepients include SADÉ (2020) and Desta Jewelry (2021)

If you are interested in receiving updates on the program to participate or to sponsor, click the link below.


The HWA x 1sDibs MARKETPLACE is an annual online jewelry market, featuring US-based jewelers selected via an open application process. Created in partnership with 1stDibs and hosted on, The Marketplace offers participants exposure to a global audience, customized marketing support from 1stDibs, and individualized visibility to the NYCJW audience. The Marketplace supports underrepresented groups within the jewelry industry and features jewelers, artists and brands offering jewelry in all categories and at all price points. The 2022 MARKETPLACE launches in line with NYCJW22 in November.


Launched in 2020, the HERE WE ARE Funding Awards recognize outstanding talent from within the HERE WE ARE programs. Each year, three notable individuals exhibiting outstanding dedication to their practice are offered unrestricted financial awards sponsored by leading industry organizations and businesses. HWA participants are automatically eligible for these grants, and recipients are announced each year during NYC Jewelry Week in November.

EXHIBITIONS AWARD $5000 – The Exhibition Award is granted to an established jeweler to produce an exhibition for NYCJW. Previous recipients include Lorraine West Jewelry (2020) and Third Crown (2021). The Exhibitions Awards are sponsored by David Yurman.

EMERGING ENTREPRENEURS AWARDS $1500 – The Emerging Entrepreneurs Awards offers two awards of $1500 granted to emerging jewelers to expand their business. Previous recipients includeDominique Renée, Jam & Rico, Harlin Jones and Metaalia Jewelry. The Emerging Entrepreneurs Awards are sponsored by Halstead.


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:


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.


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

Lorraine West