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GIA's Career Fair Draws Hundreds of Participants in New York

Aug 4, 2014 1:01 PM   By GIA
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Press Release: More than 800 ambitious and aspiring professionals packed the Javits Center on Monday, July 28, where 44 companies were looking to fill hundreds of positions at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Jewelry Career Fair. The jewelry industry’s largest recruiting event drew crowds for job opportunities ranging from an on-air television host to design, manufacturing and sales positions. The program also featured one-on-one career coaching with industry veterans and a panel discussion led by top names in the jewelry business.

“Jewelry has been an important part of cultures throughout the world for centuries and the success of this year’s GIA Jewelry Career Fair is a good indication that the jewelry industry not only continues to thrive, but is evolving tremendously. At this year’s event, we saw openings for traditional careers in manufacturing and retail sales and also in a plethora of growing fields such as rental jewelry,” said Susan Jacques, GIA’s president and CEO. career fair

The five-hour event kicked off with “Job Success in Today’s Market,” a panel discussion moderated by Jacques. Speakers Mercedes Abramo, the president and CEO of Cartier North America; Ashley Chan of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers; Andrea Hansen, a partner of Luxe Intelligence and president of the Women’s Jewelry Association; Douglas K. Hucker, the CEO of AGTA and Steven Lagos, the founder and chief creative director of LAGOS Jewelry, gave attendees exclusive insight into their personal journeys to success.

Kathryn Kimmel, GIA's vice president and chief marketing officer, said, “It’s an honor and a privilege to hear from such illustrious professionals. Each of our panelists has inspired countless individuals through their unique and storied journeys to success. The next generation of gem and jewelry professionals has big shoes to fill, but with the mentorship and guidance of these pioneers, I can’t wait to see what they accomplish.”

David Yurman, Helzberg Diamonds, GIA, Jewelry Television,  London Jewelers, Rent the Runway and Zale Corporation were among the 44 companies recruiting for hundreds of positions from retail sales and jewelry design to diamond grading and production. Job seekers had the opportunity to interact directly with hiring managers and learn first-hand what kind of skills each company sought.

GIA hosted its first Jewelry Career Fair in 1991 in Santa Monica, California. Since then, the event has expanded and linked gem and jewelry companies with future employees at more than 50 events in India and a handful of cities throughout the U.S. The next GIA Jewelry Career Fair will take place on Friday, October 10 at the Institute’s world headquarters in Carlsbad, California.

For more details about GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair, visit For job opportunities in the gem and jewelry industry, visit GIA’s career database at


About GIA

An independent nonprofit organization, Gemological Institute of America (GIA), 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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