GIA Offers CAD/CAM Training and Career Fair

September 19, 2003

GIA Offers CAD/CAM Training and Career Fair

The Gemological Institute of America will offer hands-on training in Matrix ® – a revolutionary 3-D computer-aided-design and computer-aided-manufacturing software program – at the Institute's New York location Oct. 6-17. It will also will hold its 13th annual Jewelry Career Fair at its Carlsbad, CA, world headquarters Oct. 17.

CAD/CAM Matrix Class

GIA's Matrix training will be take place Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 6-17. In 10 days, students learn to complete a design concept from start to finish, dramatically reducing the traditional time to bring the design to market. Through automated builder menus, pre-calculated dimensions of designs are easily generated through the touch of a keystroke. CAD/CAM Matrix eliminates the need for calculating and measuring custom designs, thereby allowing more time for creativity and less time for computing. Realistic renderings are easily produced, and students learn how to translate design information into custom pieces.

"CAD software can virtually eliminate the expensive 'trial and error' stage of design and manufacturing," said Russ Hyder, GIA instructor of the class. "Students will create accurate and precise designs for all types of jewelry, and learn to understand how parts fit together before the manufacturing phase."

Students can become skilled in this software by calling GIA New York at (800) 366-8519, ext. 3063, or outside the U.S. call (212) 944-5900, ext. 3063. To receive maximum benefit from this class, students should have a working knowledge of Microsoft Windows-based software, as well as a familiarity with basic jewelry design and manufacturing.

Career Fair in Carlsbad

Career Fair, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 17 and is free and open to the public, is the jewelry industry's largest career day. It offers job seekers an opportunity to meet with recruiters from some of the most influential jewelry firms in the business, and to gain professional career counseling and information about the industry from business leaders and experts.

With the economy still unsettled, the jewelry industry remains solid, according to firms who will be hiring. Tiffany & Co.'s Regional Human Resources Director Marilyn Douglass said the company plans to hire more than 50 new employees in the San Diego and Southern California area through GIA's Career Fair. In addition, there are hundreds of positions available in the job database of GIA's Career Services Department and through the many other prominent gem and jewelry companies who will be recruiting at the event.

"Career Fair is the single-most important recruitment day in the industry," said Kathryn Kimmel, GIA's vice president of Marketing & Public Relations and creator of GIA's Jewelry Career Fair. "It's also an excellent opportunity to expand your understanding of the industry and to gain insight and advice from a wide variety of industry specialists."

GIA's Career Fair features panel discussions and career counseling with many of the jewelry industry's top executives and well-known experts in areas such as retail jewelry, manufacturing, and design. Attendees can learn about the current business climate, industry trends and opportunities, and the special skills and experience employers are looking for. For those who'd like to start their own jewelry business, a special workshop on entrepreneurship will be offered.

Career Fair offers job seekers a unique opportunity to interact with some of the leading members of the jewelry industry and the end result can launch a career or propel one down the fast track. "Talking and networking keeps us up-to-date on what's happening in the industry," said Gary W. Rubel of Fredric H. Rubel Jewelers. "We have hired some very nice, smart, and successful employees from GIA's Career Fair."

"GIA's Career Fair is a one-stop-shop for job seekers who have already made a personal commitment to be a professional," said Arthur Garabedian of the Direct Shopping Network, who attended GIA's 2002 Career Fair and hired several job seekers as a result of the event.

GIA's Jewelry Career Fair was founded by GIA and The 24 Karat Club of Southern California. The prime sponsor of the Carlsbad event is JCK International Publishing Group. Employers interested in participating should contact GIA's Career Services office at (800) 421-7250, ext. 4195. If you are a job seeker wishing to attend, call GIA's Jewelry Career Fair hotline at (800) 421-7250, ext. 4100, visit (which also includes career advice) or e-mail Admission is free and open to the public.

– by Michael Thompson

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