Jewelry’s Largest Recruiting Event Coming October 10

On Oct. 10, some of the biggest names in the gem and jewelry industry will gather at Gemological Institute of America’s Carlsbad, A. headquarters for its annual Jewelry Career Fair & Open House.

The day’s events, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., include recruiting opportunities with globally recognized gem and jewelry companies, three not-to-miss panel presentations, one-on-one career coaching with industry experts, education demonstrations and much more.

The free event marks the only time each year that the coastal 30-acre Carlsbad campus is open to the public without appointment.

Must-see panel presentations are:

8:30-10 a.m.: “Job Success in Today’s Market,” moderated by Susan M. Jacques, president and CEO of GIA. Panelists are Alan Bell, president of Rio Grande, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway Company; Martin Katz, founder and CEO of Martin Katz, Ltd.; Tanya Parikh, director of jewelry manufacturing and sales of K.R. Gems & Diamonds Int’l and Eighternity; and Cathryn Ramirez, group director of Tiffany & Co. in San Diego.

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.; Lisa Nikfarjam, president of Lisa Nik, Inc.; Jim Tuttle, founder and CEO of Green Lake Jewelry Works; and JJ Williams, president and designer of JJ NUMBER 8.

1-2:15 p.m.: “Creative Careers,” moderated by Mark Smelzer, publisher of JCK magazine and Panelists are George Blodwell, celebrity stylist; Au-Co Mai, president and CEO; Steven Mindel, managing partner of Feinberg, Mindel, Brandt & Klein, LLP; and Sonny Sethi, CEO of Tara Pearls.

GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair & Open House will take place from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 10 at the Institute’s Robert Mouawad campus in Carlsbad (5345 Armada Drive); industry recruiters will be available from10:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Companies recruiting at the event include Helzberg Diamonds, Sterling Jewelers Inc., Tiffany & Co. and many more. Anyone interested in attending is urged to register here prior to the event.

Attendees will be among the first to see a new feature piece in the “Beauty of Science” exhibit. The stunning 394 carat Kunzite necklace on loan from the Smithsonian Institution was designed by Paloma Picasso to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Tiffany & Co. in 1986.

In addition to viewing the Institute’s critically acclaimed gem and jewelry exhibits, guests will have the opportunity to visit the world’s largest gemological library and take in gem and jewelry education demos such as GIA’s new Jewelry Design & Technology program.

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

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DeShawn Shewad Proposes with Simon G. Engagement Ring

Following a dramatic overtime victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Seattle Seahawks' defensive back DeShawn Shead proposed to his girlfriend, Jessica Martinez, mid-field with a Simon G. engagement ring.  

Shead got down on bended knee at the 50 yard line of the Century Link field, as "Will You Marry Me Jessica?" flashed on the Jumbotron with many of his teammates, friends and family surrounding them in celebration. 

Shead, who had been planning the proposal for months, purchased the gorgeous Simon G. diamond ring from Robbins Brothers Jewelers Bellevue store just outside of Seattle. 

"Just going through the ring ceremony and that whole process, I thought it would be cool because football was a big part of our relationship," Shead said. He chose the Broncos game because he got a Super Bowl ring against Denver"  so I figured she should get her ring against the Broncos, as well."

Shead picked out the stunning classic Simon G. solitaire engagement ring set in 18K White gold with a pave diamond band. The center stone was a stunning Echo diamond, featuring 98 hand cut facets for exceptional beauty.

Shead proposed to his girlfriend Jessica Martinez with a stunning Simon G. Engagement Ring Style No. MR1577-D, 18K white gold ring comprised of 1.00ctw round white diamonds (not including center stone)


Shead later announced the happy news to his Instagram followers with the below pic captioned " She said yes!" 

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Navajo Jewelry Collection Opens in NYC in November

Three hundred pieces of authentic Navajo jewelry crafted by some of the most celebrated jewelry makers of our time, the gifted Yazzie family of Gallup, NM will be exhibited at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York City.

The exhibit, “Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family,” opens on Thursday, November 13, and coincides with November's Native American history month. It shows off the impeccable craftsmanship of brothers Ray and Lee Yazzie, whose Navajo culture and style shines through their works of art. For decades, Yazzie jewelry has been influencing fashion, design and accessories trends worldwide.

Jewelry has long been an important form of artistic expression for Native peoples in the Southwest; its diversity of design reflects a long history of migrations, trade, and cultural exchange. The Yazzies are strongly rooted in and inspired by these traditions and values. Their works emphasize reciprocity, harmony, balance, and respect for family.

For the first-time ever, the Yazzie’s jewelry will be carefully curated and the exhibition invites visitors and the nation to celebrate an artisan trade that is all but lost by many but is still a living and breathing tradition of the Navajo.

Smithsonian Books and NMAI have co-published a companion book to the exhibition that illustrates the images from the show written by curator Lois Sherr Dubin.

On November 13, the NMAI museum in NYC will premiere the Glittering World Gallery Store, providing specially-selected pieces of American Indian jewelry for sale and ranging from $20 - $3,000 by both well-known and up-and coming Native artists and designers.

The exhibit runs through January 10, 2016. For more information, see here.

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Mumbai Panel Meets to Decide Jewelry Winners

The jury of the upcoming 41st Indian Gem & Jewellery Awards met this week in Mumbai to finalize the names of the winners in all categories prior to the awards ceremony on October 10.

The jury members, who selected the winners include:

  • Smt. Nirupa Bhatt, Managing Director (India & ME), GIA
  • Mr M Narendra, former CMD, Indian Overseas Bank
  • Mr. Pawan Bindal, Director, Dun & Bradstreet

A total of 35 awards have been envisaged i.e. 30 nomination based awards and 5 Felicitation awards. Awards will be given in the industry performance awards categories such as precious metal, silver, cut & polished diamonds, fashion jewellery, coloured gemstones and synthetic stone. Additionally, special recognition awards have been proposed such as woman entrepreneur of the year and best growing company of the year. Also apex awards have been proposed to felicitate most socially responsible, innovative and best exporter.

Besides recognizing the efforts of the exporters, the Council will also honour the top foreign buyers from across the globe, international trade associations and the banks financing the gems and jewellery players. In addition to the acknowledgment of their global standards, GJEPC awards those who contribute to the overall benefit of the Indian gems and jewellery industry.

Rings from Benjamin Zucker Family Collection to Exhibit in NYC

Selected from the celebrated private collection of one of today's leading gem dealers, experts and connoisseurs, Rings from the Benjamin Zucker Family Collection” opens October 30 at Les Enluminures in New York City. 

This exhibition of over 40 exceptional, museum-quality rings will detail the enduring allure of certain styles, settings, gems, and cutting techniques. Spanning from the 3rd century A.D. through to the later part of the 19th century, the rings will be on public view together for the first time and for sale at Les Enluminures' New York gallery. 

Organized around themes encompassing the cycles of life from birth to death, the vast array of styles on display will include: 

  • Signet rings ranging from the 3rd-17th centuries
  • Ancient Roman friendship and engagement rings
  • Medieval Posy rings
  • Renaissance and Baroque wedding rings
  • Jewish marriage rings from the 17th-19th centuries
  • Memorial and Memento Mori rings from the 17th-19th centuries

Renowned for its breadth and depth in precious colored stones and diamonds, most of the Benjamin Zucker Family Collection has been on loan to the Walters Art Museum since 1985. Celebrating the timeless allure of rings as symbols of power, prestige, passion, and personal identity, many of these superb selections boast sterling provenances, including: the de Clercqs, the Rothschilds, Dame Joan Evans, Ernest Guilhou, Ralph Harari, and Melvin Gutman.

Rothschild Diamond, Ruby and Enamel Gimmel Ring, Germany, dated 1631.
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