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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

GIA Carlsbad - Jewelry Career Fair & Open House Oct. 11th

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Preview of GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair & Open House in Carlsbad, Oct. 11

The jewelry industry’s preeminent recruiting event will take place in the seaside city of Carlsbad on Oct. 11 during the annual GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Jewelry Career Fair & Open House. More than 25 gem and jewelry companies are expected to be on-hand and looking to hire hundreds of professionals at every career stage and in roles across the industry – from jewelry design and appraisal to retail sales and diamond grading. The free event marks the only time each year that the coastal 30-acre Carlsbad campus is open to the public without appointment. 

“Attending the GIA career fair was a great way to see the variety of positions available to graduates. I was both surprised and pleased at the diversity of options. After receiving my Graduate Diamonds and Graduate Jeweler diplomas from GIA, I not only possessed the confidence to pursue the opportunity I truly wanted, but also the skills necessary to get the job,” said Peter Sainz, who found his job with Beverly Loan Company at last year’s event.

GIA’s world headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif. will set the scene for the jewelry industry’s preeminent
recruiting event on October 11th.  
 Image © GIA.
In addition to hiring opportunities and one-on-one career coaching, the event will feature must-see panel presentations:

·         8:30-10 a.m.: “Job Success in Today’s Market” moderated by Susan M. Jacques, chair of the GIA board of governors. Panelists are Lex Graham, retail jeweler at Betteridge Jewelers; Douglas Hucker, CEO of AGTA; and Dione D. Kenyon, president and CEO of the Jewelers Board of Trade.

·         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.; Alishan Halebian, designer and owner of Alishan; Charlie Herner, CAD/CAM director of Green Lake Jewelry Works; and Erik Stewart, owner of Erik Stewart Jewelry.

·         1-2 p.m.: “Creative Careers” moderated by Mark Smelzer, publisher of JCK magazine and Panelists are Rebecca Boyajian, director of communications for Bill Boyajian & Associates Inc; Au-Co Mai, president and CEO of; Yancy Weinrich, group vice president of JCK Shows; and Hutton Wilkinson, president and creative director of Tony Duquette, Inc.

GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair & Open House will take place from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 11 at the Institute’s Carlsbad campus (5345 Armada Drive); industry recruiters will be available from 10:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.Companies recruiting at the event include Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers and Zale Corporation. Anyone interested in attending is urged to RSVP prior to the event.

Attendees will be among the first to see Hollywood design legends Tony Duquette and Hutton Wilkinson’s first-ever all-jewelry exhibit, “More is More: Tony Duquette - Hutton Wilkinson Jewelry,” which debuts the night prior. The more than fifty emblematic jewelry creations on display by the design duo embrace a wide variety of styles, periods and palettes often showcasing unusual gemstones paired with rare materials in whimsical designs.

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 nearly 50 events in India, and in Las Vegas, New York and the GIA world headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif.

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Style Expert Nina Garcia Comments on the Red Carpet Trends in Platinum


Style Expert Nina Garcia Comments on the Red Carpet Trends

Hollywood’s biggest television stars celebrated their achievements wearing platinum jewelry at the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards and related parties this evening.

From Michelle Dockery’s ear clips to Julie Bowen’s bracelet, Hollywood’s leading actresses chose to showcase their jewels in naturally white platinum settings that truly enhance the brilliance of diamonds and colored gemstones.  Platinum is the precious metal that never changes color nor fades. It’s the ideal choice for life’s most unforgettable moments.

Style expert Nina Garcia is “loving the clean simplicity of the jewels worn by leading ladies Claire Danes, Julie Bowen and Michelle Dockery tonight. Nothing like setting diamonds in platinum to add that final touch of elegance and femininity!”

Following is a list of stars who celebrated tonight's achievements in PLATINUM:

Sofia Vergara in Platinum jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz
-Platinum, unheated ruby, sapphire, and Columbian emerald earrings  (over 100 carats)
-Platinum and ascher cut diamond ring (21 carats)
-Platinum ring with a Columbian emerald (40 carats), and rose cut diamonds 
*Total platinum look over $7 million dollars

Claire Danes in Platinum jewelry by Neil Lane
-Platinum bracelet with diamonds and emeralds (40 carats), priced at $1 million
-Platinum and diamond stud earrings (5 carats), priced at $150,000
-Platinum ring with an elongated emerald-cut flawless diamond (5 carats), priced at $350,000

Lena Dunham in Platinum jewelry by Neil Lane
-Platinum and diamond stud earrings (4 carats)

Elisabeth Moss in Platinum jewelry by Neil Lane
-2 platinum bracelets with onyx and diamonds
-Platinum and diamond stud earrings
-Platinum and diamond ring

Julie Bowen in Platinum jewelry by Jacob & Co.
-Platinum and diamond earrings
-Platinum and diamond bracelet

Malin Akerman in Platinum jewelry by Neil Lane
-2 platinum bracelet with diamonds and pearls
-Platinum and diamond bracelet 
-Platinum ring with diamonds and pearls
-Platinum and diamond ring
-Platinum and diamond chandelier earrings

Michelle Dockery in Platinum jewelry by Fred Leighton
-Platinum and diamond ear clips from the 1950's
-Platinum ring with ruby and diamonds from the 1950's
-Platinum and diamond pinkie ring from the 1920's

Sarah Paulson in Platinum jewelry by Neil Lane
-Platinum and diamond star earrings

Aubrey Plaza in Platinum jewelry by Neil Lane
-Platinum and diamond knuckle ring
-Platinum and diamond fleur-de-lis ring
-Platinum and diamond drop earrings

Morgan Saylor in Platinum jewelry by Kwiat
-Platinum and diamond bracelet
-Platinum studs with black onyx and white diamonds
-Platinum and diamond ring

Ellen Burstyn in Platinum jewelry by Neil Lane
-Platinum and diamond chandelier earrings
-Platinum and diamond fringe necklace
-Platinum and diamond bracelet
-Platinum and pearl bracelet

Christine Baranski in Platinum jewelry by Fred Leighton
-Platinum and diamond earrings from the 1950's
-Platinum bracelet with diamonds and ruby from the 1950's
-Art Deco platinum ring with aquamarine and diamonds 

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About Platinum Jewelry
Platinum is the ideal choice for red carpet jewelry because it holds diamonds and precious gemstones more securely than any other metal. It is not only the highest quality metal, but its density makes it one of the most durable and enduring precious metals. Platinum is also naturally white, unlike white gold, which means it will not cast any tint onto a diamond or gemstone, allowing the stone's genuine color to sparkle brightly.


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