How Her Life and Heritage Influences Multi-Award Winning Artist, Alexia Connellan’s Colorful Pieces

Episode 112

What you’ll learn in this episode: What inspired Alexia to combine historical designs with tropical-colored gemstones What Alexia’s experience as a Black jewelry designer is like, and why the idea that there are no Black jewelry professionals is a myth How artisanal small-scale gem mining helps protect workers and communities How Alexia pivoted to sell […]

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How Ornamentum Gallery Became the Art Jewel of Hudson, NY with Stefan Friedmann Co-founder of Ornamentum Gallery

Episode 111

What you’ll learn in this episode: Why you don’t always need to focus on big cities when looking for art jewelry How Ornamentum finds and selects artists to represent How Stefan defines conceptual jewelry The inspiration behind the work of Jiro Kamata, one of Ornamentum’s well-known artists How Ornamentum has attracted a loyal, young group […]

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How Guild Labs Became a Gem Appraisal Powerhouse with Charles Carmona Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) of the American Society of Appraisers

Episode 107

What you’ll learn in this episode: How Charles turned his interest in gems into a global business Why it’s important to look for accreditations from GIA and the American Society of Appraisers when choosing an appraiser How appraisers can make the most of gem trade shows What the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles has […]

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Expand your Jewelry Career Horizons with GIA’s Educational Programs with Kimberly Overlin, Dean of Students at GIA

Episode 105

What you’ll learn in this episode: The difference between GIA’s three major programs Where GIA’s campuses are located, and the differences between them Why GIA (and the jewelry industry as a whole) is a great place for anyone, regardless of their background Why GIA’s graduate gemologist distinction is so respected About Kimberly Overlin Kimberly Overlin […]

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How a Childhood Classic Is Repurposed Into High-End Jewelry with Emiko Oye, Multi-Award Winning Artist

Episode 104

What you’ll learn in this episode: Why Emiko started using Lego in her jewelry Tips for working with a trademarked medium Why Emiko’s latest work combines jewelry, mindfulness and restorative yoga Why jewelry creates connections and understanding between people About Emiko Oye San Francisco artist Emiko Oye creates bold and colorful jewelry with repurposed LEGO® […]

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