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GIA Career Fair Lines Up Guest Panelists

Jun 26, 2013 11:34 AM   By GIA
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Press Release:  Industry leaders and new stars making their mark in gems and jewelry will come together as panelists during the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Jewelry Career Fair on July 29 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. Aspiring jewelry professionals – including those in retail, design and manufacturing – will also be able to meet with job recruiters and spend one-on-one time with volunteer career-coaches. The leading industry event is free for job seekers and open to the public; anyone interested in attending is urged to RSVP prior to the event.

Susan Jacques, the chair of GIA's board of governors, will moderate a panel discussion “Job Success in Today’s Market” featuring GIA graduates and industry leaders. Alan Bronstein of Aurora Gems; David Gardner of David Gardner's Jewelers and president of the American Gem Society; Daria de Koning of Daria de Koning, fine jewelry; Martin Rapaport, the chairman of Rapaport and Joel Schechter, the CEO of HONORA will discuss their careers in the jewelry business and offer practical advice for those starting a new or second career in the industry.

“The GIA Career Fair was a great resource for me; in the course of one day I met my current employer and made lasting industry contacts,” said Alison Daley, a former GIA student now working at the New York Loan Company. “I currently live in New York and work in the famed Diamond District on 47th Street, and I owe much of that to GIA. I highly encourage students and job seekers to make the most of GIA’s Career Fair… you never know where it can lead you.”

GIA’s New York Jewelry Career Fair will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 29 at the Javits Center. Recruiting will occur from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is sponsored by JA New York. For more information, visit or call 800.421.7250, ext. 4100.

GIA hosted its first Jewelry Career Fair in 1991 in Santa Monica, California. Since then, the event has expanded, bringing gem and jewelry companies and future employees together at more than 40 events in India, Las Vegas, New York and the GIA world headquarters in Carlsbad, California. Following the New York event, the next GIA Carlsbad Jewelry Career Fair will take place on Friday, October 11.

Follow @GIANews #JewelryJobs for updates.

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, Cut, Clarity 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. Visit

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