A Day at GIA

So, somehow, after an 11 hour flight back from Paris, Randi decided to hop in a car last Thursday and head down to Carlsbad to attend the GIA's annual Career Fair and the opening reception of the AJDC's (American Jewelry Design Council) design retrospective. Because: jewelry. You know how it is. First let us note: The GIA campus is stunning. Overlooking the ocean, we can't really think of a better place to study, so if anyone wants to gift us a semester down South, please let us know. Second, road tripping with Victoria Gomelsky, the editor-in-chief of JCK magazine is always a treat and we highly recommend it. (Randi was speaking on the "Creative Careers" panel while Victoria was moderating a very lively "From Design to Finish" discussion. Good times were had by all.)

So professional! Randi spoke on the "Creative Careers" panel moderated by JCK's Mark Smelzer. From L-R: e-tailer Au-Co Mai, jewelry historian Tim Adams, designer Michael Good, and Randi + Chickpea. 

So professional! Randi spoke on the "Creative Careers" panel moderated by JCK's Mark Smelzer. From L-R: e-tailer Au-Co Mai, jewelry historian Tim Adams, designer Michael Good, and Randi + Chickpea. 

But the real fun actually started the night before with a reception for "Variations on a Theme: 25 Years of Design from the ADJC". Curated for the GIA by the lovely McKenzie Santimer, this exhibition is a must-see if you're in Southern California and weren't able to catch it at the Forbes Gallery in NYC or at Kent State. Here's the deets on the show: 

Members of the American Jewelry Design Council (AJDC), a nonprofit education group formed in 1988 to promote American jewelry design, are dedicated to raising awareness about the aesthetic value of artistic fine jewelry. “Variations on a Theme” features a selection of more than 150 works of jewelry and objet d’art created by 40 AJDC designers as part of an annual project started in 1996. Each year the one- or two-word themes – such as water, spiral, tear and flight – offer designers the opportunity to interpret meaning from their individual perspective.

So many good pieces and so many great designers! Below are just a few of our favorites, so read on to see what struck our fancy... 

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Fun and educational! See, you do learn something every day! 

xxFFR