The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is inviting professionals and visitors who are interested in the gemstone and jewellery world to attend its industry-wide job fair on October 11.
The GIA Jewelry Career Fair and Open House will be held at the institute’s world headquarters in Carlsbad, California.
“This free event has something for everyone – lively panel discussions, career coaching and recruiting for people new to the industry and professionals looking for a career change; classroom demonstrations for aspiring gemmologists, jewellers and jewellery designers; and unique museum exhibits for anyone captivated by the splendour and beauty of gems,” noted GIA.
GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair and Open House allows members of the public to visit the campus without prior appointments from 8am to 130pm.
The event will kick off with panel discussions featuring industry leaders.
• Job Success in Today’s Market
Moderated by Susan M. Jacques, president and CEO of GIA. Panellists include Mitchell Binder, King Baby; Cathy Calhoun, Calhoun Jewelers; Douglas K. Hucker, American Gem Trade Association; and Meghan Simmons, Omi Privé.
• Creative Careers
Moderated by Mark Smelzer, publisher of JCK magazine and JCKonline.com. The conversation will focus on unique careers by panellists Baba Blumkin, Luxe Jewelry and Loan; Wade Clar, Julez Bryant; Alexandra Hart, Alexandra Hart; and Jenny Luker, Platinum Guild International US.
Open house guests are also invited to explore museum exhibits featuring more than 1,000 pieces – the newest exhibit, Jewels of Hollywood, showcases pieces linked to Hollywood royalty of decades past – and to visit the Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library and Information Center, the world’s largest for gems and jewellery, which includes the Cartier Rare Book Repository. There will also be classroom demonstrations of education courses offered on campus and the GemKids programme that offers students ages 9 to 12 an engaging introduction into gemmology.
GIA hosted its first Jewelry Career Fair in 1991 in Santa Monica, California. Since then, the event has expanded, linking gem and jewellery companies with future employees at more than 68 events in California, India, Las Vegas, London and New York.