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Jewelry’s Largest Recruiting Event Draws Distinguished Industry Veterans to Southern California

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GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair in Oct. 2013 in Carlsbad, Calif.

GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair & Open House is Oct. 10 in Carlsbad

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Sept. 23, 2014 – On Oct. 10, some of the biggest names in the gem and jewelry industry will gather at GIA’s (Gemological Institute of America) Carlsbad, Calif. headquarters for its annual Jewelry Career Fair & Open House. The day’s events, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., include recruiting opportunities with globally recognized gem and jewelry companies, three not-to-miss panel presentations, one-on-one career coaching with industry experts, education demonstrations and much more. The free event marks the only time each year that the coastal 30-acre Carlsbad campus is open to the public without appointment. 
 
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. Panelists are Alan Bell, president of Rio Grande, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway Company; Martin Katz, founder and CEO of Martin Katz, Ltd.; Tanya Parikh, director of jewelry manufacturing and sales of K.R. Gems & Diamonds Int’l and Eighternity; and Cathryn Ramirez, group director of Tiffany & Co. in San Diego.
 
10:30-11:30 a.m.: “From Design to Finish” moderated by Victoria Gomelsky, editor-in-chief of JCK magazine. Panelists are Erica Courtney, designer and president of Erica Courtney, Inc.; Lisa Nikfarjam, president of Lisa Nik, Inc.; Jim Tuttle, founder and CEO of Green Lake Jewelry Works; and JJ Williams, president and designer of JJ NUMBER 8.
 
1-2:15 p.m.: “Creative Careers” moderated by Mark Smelzer, publisher of JCK magazine and JCKonline.com. Panelists are George Blodwell, celebrity stylist; Au-Co Mai, president and CEO of Emitations.com; Steven Mindel, managing partner of Feinberg, Mindel, Brandt & Klein, LLP; and Sonny Sethi, CEO of Tara Pearls.
 
GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair & Open House will take place from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 10 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. Companies recruiting at the event include Helzberg Diamonds, Sterling Jewelers Inc., Tiffany & Co. and many more. Anyone interested in attending is urged to register prior to the event.
 
Attendees will be among the first to see a new feature piece in the “Beauty of Science” exhibit. The stunning 394 carat Kunzite necklace on loan from the Smithsonian Institution was designed by Paloma Picasso to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Tiffany & Co. in 1986. In addition to viewing the Institute’s critically acclaimed gem and jewelry exhibits, guests will have the opportunity to visit the world’s largest gemological library and take in gem and jewelry education demos such as GIA’s new Jewelry Design & Technology program.
 
GIA hosted its first Jewelry Career Fair in 1991 in Santa Monica, Calif. Since then, the event has expanded and linked gem and jewelry companies with future employees at more than 50 events in India, and in Las Vegas, New York and the GIA world headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif.
 
For more details, visit www.careerfair.gia.edu or contact us. Follow @GIANews #JewelryJobs for updates.

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