Mission Statement

The Santa Fe Symposium fosters community and provides a collaborative forum that drives technological and operational innovation across the jewelry-making industry.  The industry’s most inquisitive minds gather to present and discuss research, to educate and learn, and come away with inspiration and practical know-how.

What's in the Symposium for you?


Presenters at the Symposium share information, insights and know-how openly, giving you the kind of access that's impossible to find anywhere else. The learning opportunities are endless and deepen exponentially through discussions and conversations about how these insights and cutting-edge research affect your industry.


Take what you learn, add your own experience and know-how to bring fresh ideas to the discussion and to formulate strategies that can address your challenges back home. At the Symposium, you’ll be surrounded by people who face some of the same challenges you do.

I have never been to a conference where people are so open with what they’re working on, with problems they struggle with, with advice. You really feel like part of a family here.
— Terry Munsinger, Jostens

The Santa Fe Symposium® Experience

Day One

You walk into the conference room and look around. Other attendees sit at the various tables, talking. The atmosphere is alive with anticipation. Attendees are greeting old friends and introducing themselves to colleagues they haven’t met. You marvel at the level of expertise and know-how collected in that room. Maybe you wonder how many years of experience are represented or about the combined IQ in that room. You take a seat and introduce yourself.

Throughout the day, at breaks and at lunch, the conversation continues. You are a member of this group, a professional with a passion for making jewelry and a conviction that information shared is information expanded. Your experience and your intelligence add to the equation, contributing to the grand total that IS the Symposium.

And tonight, the opening night of the Symposium, you will join the honorees of the 2017 Saul Bell Design Award competition for a celebration dinner and awards ceremony. It is an event not to be missed, and you will see the industry from a whole new perspective. 

Day Two

On your way down to the conference room, you find yourself sharing the elevator with the fellow you met yesterday. You find a table and sit together, continuing a discussion from yesterday with a line of thought that occurred to you over dinner with the group.

You are not only learning things about your industry and your business that you can use, you are meeting colleagues and bouncing ideas back and forth with them every day.

I attended Santa Fe Symposium® for the first time just last year. I had never considered attending before because I just wasn’t sure it was for me. I loved it! The presentations were informative and interesting, and I learned important information that pertains to what I do. …What an incredible opportunity!
— Ronda Coryell, JA® Certified Master Bench Jeweler

Day Three

By the end of the third day, your mind is filled with all you’ve been learning, and you’re already planning how to adapt this know-how to your business. The speaker whose presentation sparked ideas you have about applying rapid prototyping to your production processes gave you his card and invited you to get in touch after the conference.

You realize that, though you can’t use it all, so much information is already informing how you think about your business and its processes.

Day Four

Hard to believe that three days have gone by so fast. What an experience it’s been! And how do you describe how much you’ve learned? Even you don’t know yet how much of the information you’re going to find yourself thinking about—and using—in the months ahead, but the possibilities are exhilarating.