New York Career Fair
New York is the country’s diamond capital and an international gem and jewelry center. The GIA Jewelry Career Fair at the Javits Center is your chance to succeed in this luxurious industry. You’ll have the opportunity to meet with recruiters from more than 40 gem and jewelry companies like Tiffany & Co., Saks Fifth Avenue, Gemvara, De Beers, Almod Diamonds and David Yurman. Listen to industry VIPs share their insights on the trade, participate in a career coaching session, and much more. It’s free to job seekers, full of opportunities, and can put you on the path to a brighter professional future.
The information below is from our last event. Please check back two to three months prior to next event for updated details regarding the upcoming Career Fair.
Day at a Glance - July 24, 2017
8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.
"Job Success in Today's Market"
8:40 a.m. – 10 a.m.
10:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.
10:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sign up early (from 8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.) appointments are limited!
Career Fair Concludes
Hear what leading industry executives have to say about what it takes to succeed in today’s market. Learn how industry trends are creating job opportunities. Gain insight and guidance about the skills and expertise employers want when they’re looking to hire.
Susan M. Jacques
President and CEO, GIA
International Head of Jewelry
Founder & Creative Director
Senior Vice President
Reed Jewelry Group
Jewelers of America
Amanda Gizzi is the Director of Public Relations & Events for Jewelers of America (JA), a nonprofit trade association serving the fine jewelry marketplace. With the primary mission promoting consumer confidence, JA is unique resource for trend forecasting, industry information, statistics, gift giving ideas, up-and-coming designers and shopping tips. As a nationally recognized industry spokesperson, Gizzi appears regularly on television morning shows, is quoted in magazines, and is an authority on fine jewelry and watch trends. She recently won the Women’s Jewelry Association’s Award for Excellence in Marketing/Communications.
Gizzi is a graduate of St. John’s University where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications. She is President of the Women’s Jewelry Association New York Metropolitan Chapter.
Susan M. Jacques became GIA’s president and CEO in January 2014. She received her GIA Graduate Gemologist (GG) diploma in 1980 and is a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain. Early in her career, Jacques worked at USGSI, a grading laboratory, and in 1982 joined Borsheim’s Fine Jewelry and Gifts in Omaha, Nebraska.
Jacques was appointed president and CEO in 1994 by Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., which had acquired Borsheim’s in 1989. She is active in several trade organizations, and has served on the boards of Creighton University, Jewelers of America, Jewelers Vigilance Committee and Jewelers for Children. She joined the GIA Board of Governors in 1996 and was chair from 2008 until 2014.
A recognized auctioneer at Christie’s salerooms in Geneva, Hong Kong, London and New York, Rahul Kadakia joined Christie’s in 1996 when he was instrumental in establishing the first ever Important Indian Jewels auction – which included a Mughal inscribed spinel bead necklace that sold for $1.4 million.
After being named head of the Jewelry Department for Christie’s Americas, annual auction sales have soared above $100 million nearly every year since, and private sales have generated many millions more.
In recent years, more records were achieved under his gavel including the sale of the famed Princie Diamond which at $39.3 million was the most valuable Golconda diamond ever sold at auction and the Orange diamond which achieved a world record $2.4 million per carat.
A third generation member of the jewelry industry, Ms. Kimmel has acquired a broad range of experience from retail management, to marketing and branding for a jewelry manufacturer.
During her more than 25-year tenure at GIA, she has played a key role in shaping the Institute’s activities, philosophy, and development, in addition to establishing its marketing policies and objectives. As co-founder of GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair, she is responsible for its creation and development as the industry’s preeminent annual recruitment event. She currently oversees all domestic and international marketing, public relations, communications, and outreach efforts for GIA.
A firm believer in service to the community and the industry, Ms. Kimmel has also contributed much of her free time and energy to many industry organizations.
LAGOS was founded by designer and master jeweler, Steven Lagos in 1977. Lagos always knew that he wanted to create jewelry. In his words, “jewelry is eternal and one of the most personal forms of art.” Early in his career, Lagos learned to work with the finest materials. After perfecting his skills, he set out to create his namesake brand. Black Caviar, a best-selling collection for the brand, has modernized the classic LAGOS stack.
Lagos’ celebrated designs are inspired by the art and culture observed during his frequent travels to Asia and Europe. Beyond his travels, the LAGOS woman is the muse that inspires each piece as she represents bold femininity and conveys effortless style.
Martin Rapaport began his career in the diamond industry in 1975 as an apprentice diamond cleaver in Antwerp Belgium. In 1978, he established the Rapaport Diamond Report, the primary source of diamond price and market information. In 1980, he created RapNet – The Rapaport Network, the first and world’s largest electronic diamond trading network. RapNet currently provides daily diamond listings of 930,000 diamonds worth over $6.2 billion dollars. It has over 7,000 members of the diamond trade in 80 countries.
The Rapaport Group provides diamond grading and certification services with GIA Lab Direct services in India, Israel and Belgium. The Group’s trading division operates rough and polished diamond tenders and provides international clearing house services providing guaranteed cash transactions, consolidated shipping and quality control services. The Group employs 180 employees with ten offices in the U.S., Belgium, Israel, India, Dubai, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Natalie Tjaden began her career in the jewelry industry working at the Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary, Borsheim’s Fine Jewelry and Gifts. She has earned a BA cum laude in International Studies and Italian Studies from Saint Louis University and is a GIA Graduate Gemologist. She has served as a board committee member of the WJA’s San Diego chapter and as the VP for the GIA Student Body Council.
After graduation, Tjaden moved to Teofilo Otoni, Brazil to work for the wholesale gem buying agent firm, Precious Resources. There she learned about cutting and how to buy and sell gemstones in one of Brazil’s most exotic and primary gemstone markets.
Reed Jewelry Group
A jewelry industry veteran, Yancy Weinrich currently serves as Sr. Vice President, for the Reed Jewelry Group Portfolio of events which includes 3 brands – JCK, LUXURY and JIS – plus JCK magazine and JCKOnline. She began her career in jewelry over 20 years ago with the American Gem Society and then joined the Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America (MJSA) as VP of Business Development. She joined Reed Exhibitions and the JCK Events team over 13 years ago.
She is a passionate advocate for the jewelry industry and is a tireless supporter and participant in numerous industry associations. Weinrich currently serves on the Boards of the Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF), the American Gem Society and the 24 Karat Club of New York City.