GIA hosts career fair, Melo pearl lecture

We publish courtesy of National Jeweler

Carlsbad, Calif.–The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has announced plans to host a career fair at its Carlsbad, Calif., headquarters in October, and is also inviting the gemological community to attend a lecture on the much buzzed-about Melo pearl in Bangkok, Thailand, next week.

Details on each of the events are as follows:

GIA Career Fair

The GIA Jewelry Career Fair and Open House is scheduled to be held at the institute’s Carlsbad headquarters on Oct. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A key recruiting event for the industry, the fair boasts a varied agenda that will include panel discussions, career coaching, on-site recruiting, classroom workshops and exhibits.

The opening panel session, “Job Success in Today’s Market,” will include top industry executives offering their expertise on how to create a successful career path. The slate of panelists includes: Alan Bell, managing director of The Bell Group (Rio Grande); Douglas Kazanjian, chief executive officer of Kazanjian Bros; David Pomije, CEO of Top Hat; and Mark Smelzer, publisher of JCK magazine and Donna Baker, GIA president and CEO, is slated to moderate the session.

“The holiday season will soon be upon us, so this is an excellent opportunity for companies to find bright, well-educated and motivated individuals,” said Kathryn Kimmel, vice president, chief marketing pfficer and co-founder of GIA Career Fair. “Career Fair continues to draw a diversified pool of job seekers who are interested in a variety of industry careers, from sales associates and buyers to designers and bench jewelers.”

Additional sessions will include “From Design to Finish” and “Creative Careers.” In addition to one-on-one career coaching, attendees can also visit classroom workshops and check out gem and jewelry exhibits throughout the day.

Employers who would like to recruit at this year’s Career Fair may visit the online registration form, contact GIA’s Career Services office at (800) 421-7250, ext. 4093, or e-mail

Job seekers may call GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair hotline at (800) 421-7250, ext. 4100, or e-mail For more information, visit CareerFair.Gia.Edu.

Melo pearl lecture

GIA Thailand will host a pearl lecture, “Melo Reflections,” by Nicholas Sturman, GIA supervisor of pearl identification, on July 28 at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Bangkok.

Addressing the “melo pearl phenomenon that has captured the attention of pearl connoisseurs around the globe,” Sturman will share information on all aspects of the pearl type, from its origins to the gemological characteristics that make the gem so sought after by collectors and dealers alike, a GIA release says.

Sturman, who boasts more than 22 years of experience in the detailed examination of pearls, obtained his Fellowship (FGA) and Diamond Membership (DGA) of The Gemmological Association of Great Britain and spent more than 16 years studying pearls in the Kingdom of Bahrain, where he was the gemological advisor to the Bahrain Government’s Gem and Pearl Testing Laboratory. He writes for various gemological publications and has given presentations in the Middle East, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Thailand.

GIA Thailand’s Gemstone Gathering is a free event that will begin at 6 p.m. on July 28 in the Pacific Room 1-3 on the 21st floor of the Pan Pacific Bangkok Hotel.

Due to limited seating, those who hope to attend must RSVP  by July 27 to the GIA Laboratory Bangkok on the GIA Thailand campus by calling 02 237-9575 or  02 632-4090. Visit  and for more details.


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