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Profit Lessons for Jewelry Designers

2018 Dates to Be Announced Soon

According to Merriam-Webster’s tried-and-true tome, “confab” is short for “confabulate,” which means to “chat” or “confer.” And a ConFab—specifically, the MJSA ConFab—is a full-day event in which you can do exactly that: chat, confer, and (most important) engage with others who have the same dream as you: to make a better living doing what they love, creating beautiful jewelry.

Held biannually, ConFab features sessions that get to the heart of how to make a business successful, all presented in plain language by the most knowledgeable (and friendliest) people around. You’ll also find plenty of opportunities to strike up connections with presenters, colleagues, and new business contacts in between sessions, at lunch, and during our end-of-day ConFab Connect reception. All in all, a day that will leave you feeling inspired, informed, and—well, ConFabulous!

Thank you to all that made the 2016 ConFab a success!

Click here to learn about the 2016 sessions.

Click here to learn about the 2016 presenters.

Click here to learn about the sponsors.

"I often say, "If I learn one thing, it is a good day." Having so much good information presented about so many things, all in one place, made Confab 2015 a great day, and 2016 a more successful year."

 —Ellen Cohen, Ellen Cohen Design, 2015 ConFabber


The Business of Design: A Look Back...

The video below, of a panel discussion led by Andrea Hill of StrategyWerx, will give you a feel for the type of insights you’ll find at MJSA ConFab.


More Highlights from Past Sessions...

• Andrea Hill conducted the “Inventory Game,” a board game (with Play-Doh “inventory”) that brought out key lessons in how to manage in-stock items and increase turns.

• Jewelers Arthur Skuratowicz and Gary Dawson competed in “The Price Is Right,” a lively game show that brought out key factors when pricing jewelry.

• Custom jeweler Lee Krombholz presented his unique “Style Discovery” method, which helps him to identify the tastes and style preferences of customers who ask for a customized design. 

"The MJSA ConFab was a crucial turning point in the examination of my business."

—Daniela Lo Presti, one of our many past ConFabbers.


MJSA Thanks the ConFab Sponsors:


Rio Grande






Frank Billanti


Jewelers Resource Bureau


Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co.




MJSA Advantage

The MJSA ConFab features the industry’s most renowned business leaders discussing how designers can create successful businesses.