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GIA instructors are passionate educators who bring years of industry experience to the classroom.All are leaders in their fields, and all are dedicated to helping you gain knowledge, acquire skills and launch your career.

gemmology

Edyta Banasiak

Edyta Banasiak

A mineralogist and gemmologist, Edyta received her Masters of Science in Geology from the Jagiellonian University in Poland. Her areas of study included hydrothermal processes and mineral systems. Edyta has been with GIA since 2013, holding the position of staff gemmologist in the Coloured Stones Gem Identification department, where she earned her Graduate Gemologist® diploma. Currently a gemmology instructor at the New York campus, she is happily sharing her passion and knowledge with her students. Inspired by her scientific hero, Albert Einstein, she follows the saying, “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school”.

Sidharth Bhatia

Sidharth Bhatia

Sidharth’s interest in gems and jewelry started when he was young. Upon graduation from high school, he began working at Galaxy USA, where he specialized in the sale of fancy colored diamonds. While at Galaxy USA, Sidharth earned the Graduate Diamonds diploma and graduated from Baruch College with a BA in Economics. His desire to learn and help others brought him to GIA in 2015. While working as a student support representative, he completed the Graduate Colored Stones program (earning the Graduate Gemologist diploma), and earned the Accredited Jewelry Professional and Graduate Pearls certificates.

Angelique Connelley

Angelique Connelley

GIA Graduate Gemologist® Angelique Connelley has years of professional gem and jewellery industry experience including work at Hoover & Strong grading diamonds, testing coloured gemstones, and preparing diamond and coloured stone pieces for auction. Angelique has also been a product knowledge trainer and coordinating sales leader of the PANDORA® jewellery collection by JARED®. In addition to her GIA qualificiations, she holds a master's degree in teaching and a bachelor of arts in history from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Francoise Greder

Fran holds a Bachelor’s in English from Nice University in France. She entered the jewellery industry as a sales associate at a jewellery store, and then enrolled in GIA’s Graduate Gemologist® programme to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills. Fran has been a gemmology instructor with GIA since 2000.

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Jennifer Kim

Jennifer is the director of education at GIA in New York. Prior to assuming her current responsibilities, she was the school’s campus manager and an instructor for the on-campus Graduate Gemologist diploma programme. In addition to her time at GIA, Jennifer holds a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton; and has many years of industry experience. She was the merchandising manager at K. Moon & Star, Inc., a luxury goods and jewellery boutique in Manhattan; a corporate trainer at Roberto Coin, a high-end designer of diamond jewellery; and the manager of the repair department at H. Stern Jewelers, Inc.

Eduardo Mendoza

Eduardo Mendoza

Eduardo holds an enduring passion for the jewellery industry, which began when he was tutoring young people in metalsmithing courses in San Juan. Upon earning his GIA Graduate Gemologist® and Graduate Jeweler diplomas, he continued his pursuit of jewellery and design knowledge by attending design schools in Madrid and Miami. He worked as an apprentice for various designers, including Luis Morais, and then became a product developer and production supervisor in jewellery manufacturing for Retail Store Services/JBA Ventures, where he designed custom pieces and collections. He later moved to New York City to join the GIA Laboratory as a Diamond Grader and was promoted to Training Specialist, training lab employees on procedures and coaching them to align to GIA standards. He brings his years of diverse experience and eagerness to help students succeed to his role as an Associate Instructor for the New York campus.

jewellery manufacturing arts

Mary Enright

Mary Enright

As an experienced model maker and designer, Mary was an integral part of the team creating jewellery prototypes at the Tiffany & Co.® Jewelry Design and Innovation Workshop. Her collaborations in manufacturing jewellery with other CAD designers and project engineers were fabricated both by hand and for production. She was also a sales operations professional with Tiffany & Co.® and holds certificates in Supply Chain, Project, and Business Management in addition to her GIA Accredited Jewelry Professional and Comprehensive CAD/CAM for Jewelry qualifications. She founded Mary Enright Jewelry and launched the ME Jewelry boutique store and gallery to showcase her handmade creations, and has received numerous accolades for her commissioned work. Mary’s knowledge of traditional goldsmithing techniques is demonstrated through the pieces she has successfully translated from design ideas to finished jewellery. She is excited to be able to share her experience with the students of GIA.

John brings 25 years of CAD/CAM experience and 15 years of jewelry design experience to the classroom. After graduating from Vanderbilt University with a degree in mechanical engineering, John spent the next 10 years designing airframe components for numerous aerospace companies using CAD. In 1999, he founded M2 Systems, which offered CAD/CAM services to the jewelry industry. During his time at M2 Systems, he became a certified training facility for Robert McNeel and Associate’s Rhinoceros and Gemvision’s Matrix CAD systems. John also has extensive jewelry production experience, and is extremely knowledgeable about the newest 3D printing and CNC milling machines.

John Mastoloni

John brings 25 years of CAD/CAM experience and 15 years of jewellery design experience to the classroom. After graduating from Vanderbilt University with a degree in mechanical engineering, John spent the next 10 years designing airframe components for numerous aerospace companies using CAD. In 1999, he founded M2 Systems, which offered CAD/CAM services to the jewellery industry. During his time at M2 Systems, the company became a certified training facility for Robert McNeel and Associate’s Rhinoceros and Gemvision’s Matrix CAD systems. John also has extensive jewellery production experience, and is extremely knowledgeable about the newest 3D printing and CNC milling machines.

Maria Tsangaropoulos

Maria Tsangaropoulos

Maria brings more than 20 years of jewellery design experience to the classroom. She was the director of product development for Riva Manufacturing, where she oversaw the CAD engineering team and the creation of prototypes and samples. She had similar responsibilities when she worked at Paul Winston, a manufacturer of bridal jewellery. At Robert Baum, a manufacturer of men’s jewellery, she was responsible for quality control and managing contractors. At Iris Gold, Maria was lead designer for the firm’s Italian-styled collection. Maria has a bachelor's degree in fine arts-jewellery/metalsmithing from California State University in Long Beach and a Jewelry Design certificate from GIA, and served a four-year apprenticeship with a Dutch goldsmith.