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GIA Museum Unveils 'Aluminati: From Student to Star' Exhibit

Mar 5, 2013 2:37 PM   By Jeff Miller
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RAPAPORT... The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Museum in Carlsbad, California introduced a new exhibit series, “Aluminati: From Student to Star,” which will highlight the talents of GIA's alumni. The first exhibit in the series, featuring designer Kara Ross, will debut in April.

''We’re thrilled to be able to shine a spotlight on the incredible work of our alumni,''  said Terri Ottaway, GIA's museum curator. ''So many talented students have emerged from GIA, and we are thrilled to share their success with the public. We are fortunate to have Kara Ross and her uniquely creative pieces as our premier Aluminati exhibit.''

The Kara Ross Aluminati exhibit will run from the beginning of April through November and highlight trendsetting, custom pieces Ross created for First Lady Michelle Obama, such as the ''Shirt Cuff'' silver and amethyst bracelet (pictured) crafted  out of wood from a fallen tree near the White House.  shirt cuff

Ross, a GIA Graduate Gemologist, is a jewelry and handbag designer who often works with gemstones in their  natural state, coupled with crystals, wood and other organic material. Ross was also honored in 2012 as the Design Award Winner by the Women’s Jewelry Association.

Ross said, “I’m honored to kick off this exciting new exhibition series. Through GIA, I developed my passion and knowledge for gemstones, and these inform and enhance all the designs I create today.”

The Aluminati series will feature GIA graduates from various parts of the gem and jewelry industry from miners and gem carvers to gem dealers, designers, jewelers and more. 

Tags: GIA, Jeff Miller, kara ross, museum
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