The National Jewelry Institute is going back to school.
Following its gala dinner at the Louvre in July, the institute will kick off its next banner initiative on Monday: a week of jewelry-centric courses held at The New School’s Parsons School of Design. The five-day program will be broken down each day into morning and afternoon sessions. Morning sessions will be held at a private club on Park Avenue and cover the topics of high jewelry and watches, presented by Yvonne Markowitz, curator of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and Pascal Ravessoud, director of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, respectively. Afternoons will be focused on off-site visits, such as the vault of the Museum of the City of New York, Vacheron Constantin, Christian Dior, and the home of jewelry collector Susan Gutfreund. Lunches will include special guests each day, including Henri Barguirdjian, president of Graff Diamonds, Daniel Paltridge, president of Bulgari Corporation of America, and Thomas Bouillonnec, president of Piaget.
The program kicks off on Sunday evening with a cocktail party held at NJI president Judith Price’s home, and will wrap up on Friday evening with a graduation ceremony at Parsons hosted by Dean Joel Towers, where all participants will receive a certificate of completion from Parsons.