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GIA Jewelry Jobs

5 Oct

GIA Jewelry Jobs
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is better known for its educational opportunities. However, they also have a lot of open positions right now listed under the employment section of its web site. Locations are international as well as located in California and New York. Some of the positions include diamond graders, jewelry instructors, staff gemologist, and lots of administrative type careers:

Join a Team of Professionals

Over 1000 people around the world work for the Gemological Institute of America and its affiliate companies. Some are gemologists who are dedicated to the study, grading, and identification of gemstones. Some are educators who are committed to teaching. The rest are highly skilled professionals representing almost every aspect of the business world. This diverse and highly talented group works as a team to fulfill the Institute's mission to educate and serve the international gem and jewelry industry, and thereby ensure the public trust.


The Gemological Institute of America offers a competitive benefits package to its employees.
Pre-Employment Requirements

Applicants and new hires are subject to background checks, including reference checks and work history verification.

Pre-employment drug testing is required for all potential employees.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires employment eligibility certification for all employees. All job offers are contingent upon completion of the I-9 verification process.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Gemological Institute of America is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, age, disability, or veterans status.

You can find all the details and application requirements on the GIA web site.

Jewelry Web Job Board

27 Aug

Jewelry Web Job Board
I just discovered what might be a great resource for anyone in need of a job in the jewelry or watch industry or anyone who needs to post about a job as well. It's a web site called, and as the name suggests, it's got, well, j-o-b-s: was developed to bring together companies in the jewelry and watch industry with industry experienced employees. We all know how difficult it can be to find the perfect job to utilize your experience, or how hard it is to find an employee with the experience necessary to fill your needs. At our goal is to make your lives a bit easier.

I looked around a little, and there are already a number of jobs posted. My only beef is that the screen options on the site require me to scroll around a lot, which I hate that on web pages. But, if you are serious about a job in the jewelry industry, you may want to join. It's free, and you can add your resume. Right now, they have 302 members, so it's a little on the small side still.

Business Network of Jewelers

12 Jul

Business Network of Jewelers

Social networks are popping up all over the place these days. So, far I've joined a few, but honestly, I have yet to really immerse myself in any of them because, (a) I don't have the time, and (b) I honestly just don't get them. If I have one more weird old man wanting to be "my friend," I'm going to scream!

So, this new fashion related network I recently heard about claims that they are not a social network but rather a Business network. We'll see. It does sound interesting and could hold some career hope for those in the jewelry business. I kind of like the idea of a network of jewelry designers and jewelry lovers working together. Well, you decide. Is it a social network or something else?

Here are some details from their press release:

The Fashion Industry Network ( is a business networking community designed for the fashion industry. The network allows individuals the opportunity to develop personal profiles to highlight their professional experience in the fashion industry. After profiles are created, members may freely join groups that pertain to their area of expertise. For example, if the member is a "pattern maker" they will join the Pattern Making Group. As pattern making can be considered a function of design, a pattern maker would also be welcome in the Design Group if they were so inclined. In addition, they may wish to enter into discussions with people in the Clothing Manufacturing Group.

Members are permitted to join groups in which they have direct personal expertise or simply a very strong interest in the groups topic of discussion. The idea is for both industry veterans and new members of the industry to converse and share ideas. It is a wonderful place for members of the industry to learn from one another. One member may lend assistance regarding the proper method for fusing a lapel. Another member may have experience with printing t-shirts by using cut panels. As the membership grows, more shared knowledge will be available to all.

The network is an excellent structure for open communication. Viewers may post comments or questions in the general forums, or they can post topical messages in a specific group. Members may also have discussions with one another on their personal profile pages. In addition, if the member wishes to ask another member a question in private, they can send an e-mail message.

The network has several predefined "groups" and new groups can be added based on suggestions from the sites members. The only requirement of the network, is that the discussions stay on topic. Any topic relevant to fashion, textiles, or related fields are welcome. For an example of a "related field", the site allows jewelry designers, hair stylists, makeup artists etc. In fact, the site allows groups to develop regarding warehousing, custom brokerage, import & export etc. Certainly, the fashion industry would not function with out warehousing and distribution. Therefore, if you work in a clothing warehouse you are certainly welcome to post your views. Essentially, any business function that is directly relevant to the fashion industry or textile industry is welcome at the Fashion Industry Network.

The primary goal of the network is to bring together members of the fashion industry in a friendly setting so that they that they can have open dialog regarding business matters. This site is not a "social" network. The site is a "business" network. Although you will find a friendly and sociable community, the primary function is to meet business contacts and discuss relevant business topics.

Judith Ripka Speaks at WJA Conference

20 Mar

Judith Ripka Speaks at WJA Conference

Judith Ripka is a well-known designer of fine jewelry, winning many prestigious awards such as the DeBeers' Award for Diamond Design. Recently, she spoke at the Women's Jewelry Association's Women in the Know Conference at the Fashion Institute of Technology. I would have loved to have been there, as I'm sure many aspired jewelry designers would be. Nothing beats getting advice from someone who has already made her way to the top. Here is a little of what she had to say according to National Jeweler Network:

Being persistent and surrounding yourself with positive, encouraging friends and associates can catapult your business into the big time, jewelry-design powerhouse Judith Ripka told attendees of the Women's Jewelry Association's Women in the Know Conference at the Fashion Institute of Technology on Friday.

Passion for creating jewelry can also take your business a long way, she added.

"Even if it had not become my business, I would still design jewelry," Ripka said. "Persistence is one of the keys to my success. I've sketched two days a week religiously for 34 years."

Ripka told the story of her business, the Judith Ripka Companies Inc., a multimillion-dollar wholesale and retail jewelry company that now employs 150 people (90 percent of whom are women) and is opening its 13th retail store in Las Vegas this year. [...]

But when Ripka started out, she was a struggling mother of three running her business out of the living room of her house in Long Island, where she was one of the few working mothers in her neighborhood at the time.

She balanced caring for the children with sketching during all of her free moments, initially selling jewelry out of her own living room from a $12 case she bought in the Bowery section of Manhattan.

Her business got off the ground with a $1,000 loan from a dear friend who was among those who encouraged her as she began making jewelry at a manufacturing facility in 1973, Ripka said. Other friends lent her cars to get around since she didn't own a vehicle.

"Don't have anyone around you who doesn't wish you well," Ripka said. "There were countless people along the way who told me to give up, that the chances were slim. But I am telling you, the chances are not slim."


Jewelers of America Free Career Booklet

6 Mar

Jewelers of America Free Career Booklet

If you are thinking about a career in the jewelry industry or want to expand on your existing jewelry career, then the Jewelers of America web site might be a good place to consider.

Along with certification opportunities, this organization offers a Careers in the Jewelry Industry' program, which includes a free booklet available in pdf form on their web site:

Jewelers of America contributes to recruitment and education of tomorrow's jewelry industry professionals. Our comprehensive 'Careers in the Jewelry Industry' program, developed by industry organizations and individual jewelers, principally sponsored by the Gemological Institute of America, helps high school and junior college students, career changers and adults re-entering the workforce discover the challenges, rewards and opportunities available in the jewelry field. Our guide includes JA member profiles, each with a photo and story recounting what attracted them to the jewelry field. This guide encourages job seekers to consider and enter the industry.
The guidebook includes comprehensive overviews of ten different career paths – sales associate, manager, bench jeweler, mass manufacturer, wholesaler/importer, appraiser, watchmaker, designer, laboratory grader, and educator – including salary ranges and job-training resources. We distribute a condensed, brochure version to high schools, junior colleges and adult career counseling centers nationwide. Brochures are display-sized and available to JA members.

Powerful Jewelry Party

4 Dec

Powerful Jewelry Party

It took only one jewelry party for jewelry designer Cheri Larson to realize she was meant to make jewelry as a business. It took a little later for her to realize she should turn her business model of home shows and jewelry into an opportunity for other jewelry lovers.

Like the famous Tupperware parties, jewelry parties are extremely popular these days. Larson's business, Azante Jewelry, is set up in a similar fashion.

From an article in the Green Bay Press Gazette:

Azante was launched in 2003 as a direct sales business complete with home shows. All of the jewelry is designed by Larson and made in Green Bay by five employees. "Azante jewelry is handcrafted by women for women," said Larson. They have a small showroom and Internet sales. More than 90 consultants work in 17 states with most being in Indiana. "It's funny that we're in Green Bay but we're less known here than in Indiana," she said. Larson said that the business has grown mostly by success stories though word of mouth. "I love to work with women and help empower them. Direct sales are a tremendous opportunity, especially for stay-at-home moms that want more," said Larson.

October GIA Career Fair

29 Sep

October GIA Career Fair

Next month is another chance to visit one of the career fairs held by Gemological Institute of America (GIA). This one is scheduled for October 27th in Carlsbad, California.

GIA is a leader in jewelry and gemstone related education, so this is a great opportunity for those looking to get into the jewelry business or switch careers if you are already in it.

From On Oct 27, Gemological Institute of America (GIA) will host its West Coast Jewelry Career Fair and Open House from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Institute's headquarters in Carlsbad.

Hundreds of GIA students, seasoned professionals, and entry-level job seekers are expected to converge on GIA's Robert Mouawad Campus to meet some of the industry's most prominent employers, including Tiffany & Co, Whitehall Jewelers, Zale Corp, and Movado.

These job recruiters come to Career Fair to showcase scores of exciting employment opportunities and conduct preliminary interviews with promising candidates.

Job seekers can also jumpstart their careers by meeting the many industry VIPs who volunteer at Career Fair each year to offer advice and insight into what it takes to succeed in this diverse and rewarding field.

One-on-one career coaching, professional development seminars, and networking with the trade's key players are some of the benefits available to job seekers who attend this industry-wide job fair.

Jewelry Career Resources

8 Aug

Jewelry Career Resources

Because I write extensively about jewelry and making jewelry – it's pretty much my writing niche – I get a lot of questions via email about how to get into the jewelry business.

Some readers are interested in become jewelry designers. Others are more interested in the sales side of things, becoming a jewelry sales rep for example.

After trying out different jewelry avenues, I finally found that writing about it works for me. With my background in technical writing and my English degrees, writing was a good fit for me. (You'd be surprised how similar writing about how to fly a flight simulator is to writing about how to make a pair of earrings.) However, it took me a lot of years trying out other jewelry related jobs before I settled on this. I sold my own hand-crafted jewelry at art shows and through galleries, taught jewelry making classes, and even worked for a while as a sales clerk for a small fine jewelry shop. My point is that trying out different venues related to jewelry was a wonderful learning experience.

If, however, you are understandably shy or just unsure about how to jump into the jewelry industry, here are some resources that you might find helpful in your quest for a career in jewelry. If you know of some others, please add them to the comments so we can all check them out.

Gemological Institute of America: This organization is well known its classes and other educational opportunities, but it also has a careers web page and very often they run job fairs. So, this is a good resource for not only preparing for a job in a jewelry related field, they may also help you land a job once you are trained.

GIA and Italian Jewelry Trends

7 Jul

GIA and Italian Jewelry Trends

Italy is well-known for its skilled jewelry artisans as well as its fashion forward thinking, so this seems to be the perfect fit for those lucky enough to attend the 4th International Gemological Symposium in San Diego, CA this August. The Jewelry Weblog would love to hear from any readers who plan to attend.

Here's the scoop from

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) invites attendees of the 4th International Gemological Symposium to an Italian-themed gala evening of jewelry trend forecasting at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California on August 29, 2006.

Sponsored by the Vicenza Fair, in collaboration with TJF Group, the Italian Jewelry Guild is producing the special social event, titled "Moods, Sensations, Differentiations: the Soul and Future of Italian Jewelry." The event will feature a dinner and a unique look at future trends in Italian jewelry and fashion as well as worldwide lifestyle and social trends that affect the items people produce, wear and desire.

Open only to those who register for symposium, the evening will feature jewelry representing the TJF Group 2007 forecasted mega-trends of Heritage, Cultural Bridges, and Biolosophy (bio-philosophy).

Heritage looks to history to inspire new jewelry, while Cultural Bridges merge the styles of different traditional cultures into creative new designs. Biolosophy takes experimental approaches to project an environmentally conscious modern lifestyle with jewelry that embodies a consideration of the past, present, and future. A fashion show with runway models in themed wardrobes will showcase each of these trends.

Jewelry Jobs and GIA

16 Jun

Jewelry Jobs and GIA

Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has a July job fair coming up both in New York and California.

From a company press release: The largest Career Fair in the $120+ billion worldwide gem and jewelry industry takes place in New York on July 28, and again in Carlsbad, Calif. on Oct. 27. It's free, open to the public, and an extraordinary opportunity for job seekers to find exciting and lucrative job opportunities with some of the most recognized jewelry companies in the industry.

WHAT: The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Career Fair is the
jewelry industry's annual recruiting event. This is the 16th
year for the Career Fair, which is held on both coasts: in the
summer in New York and in the fall in Carlsbad, Calif.

Besides meeting prospective employers, Career Fair
participants can attend panels and workshops featuring
high-profile jewelry industry experts who will give tips about
hiring trends, what the future job market looks like, and how
to succeed in the jewelry business.

WHEN: New York: Friday, July 28, 2006 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Carlsbad, Calif.: Friday, Oct. 27, 2006 8:30 a.m. . 3:00 p.m.

New York: The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, on
11th Ave. between 34th and 39th. Lower
Level E Hall

Carlsbad, Calif.: Gemological Institute of America World
The Robert Mouawad Campus, 5345 Armada

WHO: Last year, more than 80 leading jewelry companies, including
Tiffany's, Zale Corp., Robbins Bros, and the Movado Group,
recruited new employees from among nearly 1700 job seekers who
participated in the GIA Jewelry Career Fair on both coasts.
Check the website for list of recruiters, panelists, and