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GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair and Open House to Dazzle Guests, Oct. 9

GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair and Open House to Dazzle Guests, Oct. 9

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Sept. 29, 2015 – GIA will open its doors to the public on Friday, Oct. 9 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. as part of its annual Jewelry Career Fair & Open House. The event takes place at the Institute’s Carlsbad, CA world headquarters and marks the one time of year when GIA’s scenic campus is open to the public without appointment; it is also free to all guests and job seekers.
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. Job seekers will also have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a career coach specializing in their field of interest.
Attendees will experience a finely curated selection of nearly 200 works of jewelry and objet 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 jewelry exhibits, guests will have a chance to visit the world’s largest gemological library, home to the Cartier Rare Book Repository; take in gem and jewelry education demos such as GIA’s Jewelry Design & Technology program; and hear from notable personalities in the jewelry 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. Panelists are 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 lineup of all-AJDC members, panelists are Susan Helmich, owner of Susan Helmich Fine Jewelry; Scott Keating, designer, goldsmith and owner of Scott Keating Design, Inc.; Pascal Lacroix, jewelry 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 Panelists are Tim Adams, art historian and historical goldwork scholar; Michael Good, jewelry designer and sculptor at Michael Good Designs; Au-Co Mai, CEO of and; and Randi Molofsky, co-founder of For Future Reference.  

GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair & Open House will take place from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 9 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 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 in the early 1950s and in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world.
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.