Press Release

A Dazzling Recruiting Event and Open House in Carlsbad

Attendees at a previous GIA Jewelry Career Fair. Photo by Kevin Schumacher/GIA.
Attendees at a previous GIA Jewelry Career Fair. Photo by Kevin Schumacher/GIA.

Connecting industry professionals, job seekers and jewelry enthusiasts

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Sept. 27, 2019 – GIA will open its doors to the public on Friday, Oct. 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. as part of its annual Jewelry Career Fair and Open House. The unique event helps job seekers turn their passion for gems and jewelry into a career by connecting them with recruiters and career coaches. Jewelry enthusiasts will be able to experience incredible museum exhibits and educational classroom demonstrations while enjoying views of the Pacific Ocean. For more information and to register, visit
Well-known global gem and jewelry brands such as Tiffany & Co., Signet Jewelers and family-owned businesses such as Bhindi Jewelers and Ricardo Basta Fine Jewelry are among the more than 30 companies looking to fill positions from entry level to senior management. There will also be 15-minute coaching sessions for job seekers to connect with industry veterans.
Open house guests are invited to explore the many beautiful museum exhibits throughout the 17-acres campus. Featuring the newest exhibits, Carved Diamond – a rare look into diamond carvings – and Jewels of Hollywood – showcasing pieces linked to Hollywood royalty of decades past. In addition, guests will have the chance to visit the Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library and Information Center, the world’s largest for gems and jewelry. There will also be education demos of the many courses offered at GIA and the GemKids program that offers students ages 9 to 12 an engaging introduction into gemology.
Two panel discussions, Job Success in Today’s Market and Creative Careers, will offer advice and insights from industry professionals:

  • Job Success in Today’s Market 8:30 to10:00 a.m.
    Moderated by Jennifer Wilson, GIA senior vice president and general counsel. Panelists include Mitchell Binder, King Baby; Cathy Calhoun, Calhoun Jewelers; Douglas K. Hucker, American Gem Trade Association (AGTA); and Meghan Simmons, Omi Privé.

  • Creative Careers 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Moderated by Mark Smelzer, publisher of JCK magazine and, the panelists will discuss unique careers within the industry. Panelists include Baba Blumkin GIA GG, Luxe Jewelry and Loan; Wade Clar Jr., Julez Bryant; Alexandra Hart, Alexandra Hart; Jenny Luker, Platinum Guild International USA; and Tiffany Stevens, Jewelers Vigilance Committee.

GIA hosted its first Jewelry Career Fair in 1991 in Santa Monica, California, U.S. Since then, the event has expanded, linking gem and jewelry companies with future employees at more than 68 events in California, India, Las Vegas, London and New York. Follow @GIANews #JewelryJobs for updates.

About GIA

An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight and, in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which is recognized around the world as the standard for diamond quality.
Through research, education, gemological laboratory services and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science and professionalism.