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GIA’s Jewellery Careers Fair and Open House to Dazzle Guests, 9 October

GIA’s Jewellery Careers Fair and Open House to Dazzle Guests, 9 October

CARLSBAD, Calif. – 29 September 2015 – GIA will open its doors to the public on Friday, 9 October from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. as part of its annual Jewellery Careers Fair & Open House. The event takes place at the Institute’s Carlsbad, CA World Headquarters and marks the one time of the year when GIA’s scenic campus is open to the public without appointment; it is also free to all guests and jobseekers.
Nearly 30 companies will be looking to fill hundreds of positions ranging from retail to design and manufacturing. A full list of companies recruiting can be found here. Jobseekers will also have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a career coach specialising in their field of interest.
Attendees will experience a finely curated selection of nearly 200 works of jewellery and objets d’art by 40 members of the American Jewelry Design Council (AJDC) that make up the Institute’s featured exhibition, “Variations on a Theme: 25 Years of Design from the AJDC”.
In addition to viewing the Institute’s critically acclaimed gem and jewellery exhibits, guests will have a chance to visit the world’s largest gemmological library, home to the Cartier Rare Book Repository; take in gem and jewellery education demos such as GIA’s Jewelry Design & Technology programme; and hear from notable personalities in the jewellery industry, including award-winning designers, innovative entrepreneurs and top executives.
Must-see panel presentations are:
  • 8:30-10 a.m.: “Job Success in Today’s Market” moderated by Susan M. Jacques, president and CEO of GIA. Panellists will include Dave Bindra, vice president of B & B Fine Gems; Jose Hess, president of Jose Hess Design, LLC; Douglas Hucker, CEO of AGTA; and Jordan Tabach-Bank, owner and CEO of Beverly Loan Company and New York Loan Company. 
  • 10:30-11:45 a.m.: “From Design to Finish” moderated by Victoria Gomelsky, editor-in-chief of JCK magazine. An exclusive line-up of AJDC members, the panellists will include Susan Helmich, owner of Susan Helmich Fine Jewelry; Scott Keating, designer, goldsmith and owner of Scott Keating Design, Inc.; Pascal Lacroix, jewellery designer/master goldsmith at Atelier Pascal Lacroix; Adam Neeley, gallery owner and designer at Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry; and Alan Revere, founder and director of Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco.
  • 1-2:15 p.m.: “Creative Careers” moderated by Mark Smelzer, publisher of JCK magazine and Panellists will include Tim Adams, art historian and historical gold-work scholar; Michael Good, jewellery designer and sculptor at Michael Good Designs; Au-Co Mai, CEO of and; and Randi Molofsky, co-founder of For Future Reference.  

GIA’s Jewellery Careers Fair & Open House will take place from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on 9 October at the Institute’s Robert Mouawad campus in Carlsbad (5345 Armada Drive); industry recruiters will be available from 10:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Nearly 30 companies will be recruiting at the event, including Helzberg Diamonds, Sterling Jewelers Inc., Tiffany & Co. and many more. Anyone interested in attending is urged to register prior to the event.

About GIA

An independent non-profit organisation, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognised as the world’s foremost authority in gemmology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Colour, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight in the early 1950s and in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognised by virtually every professional jeweller in the world.
Through research, education, gemmological laboratory services and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewellery by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science and professionalism.