Skip to main content Navigation

Articles and News

Brand And Industry News: Christopher Designs Announces Winner Of Oil Painting; GIA’s NY Career Fair June 20, 2018 (0 comments)


New York, NY—Stephanie Elbe of Christopher’s Fine Jewelry in Des Moines, IA, won a piece of original artwork (both shown left) painted by Christopher Slowinski, founder and owner of Christopher Designs

The painting, titled “Blended Sensibility,” is oil on canvas and measures 30 by 30 inches. In it, Slowinski depicts a mélange of architectural styles from modern to old to religious, all inspired by a recent trip to London, UK. He painted in pastel shades of yellow, pink and blue.

Said Elbe, “The colors of the painting are beautiful. They match our store and I love how Christopher tied in all the buildings with their different architectural styles.” 

The drawing took place Sunday, June 3 at the Christopher Designs’ booth at the JCK Las Vegas show, and the painting was shipped to Elbe in Iowa. The drawing was open to all retailers who attended JCK who made and kept an appointment with the designer brand.


GIA’s New York Jewelry Career Fair Set For July 13

New York, NY—GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Jewelry Career Fair returns to New York City on Friday, July 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, Hall IE. The event will include inspiring panel discussions, new job opportunities with leading jewelry companies, and one-on-one coaching from industry insiders. This event is free and open to the public; anyone interested in attending is urged to register.

“Since the inception of GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair our mission has been to foster networking, opportunity and stimulating discussion,” said Kathryn Kimmel, GIA senior vice president and chief marketing officer, and co-founder of the GIA Jewelry Career Fair. “Between the exceptional panelists, face-to-face career advice and array of recruiters at this year’s event, it is sure to garner success for job seekers.” 

Nearly 50 companies, including Lorraine Schwartz, Tiffany & Company, London Jewelers, Diamonds Direct and many more are expected at GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair, looking to hire new talent for positions in manufacturing, gemology, retail, and more. 

The opening panel discussion is titled “Job Success in Today’s Market,” and offers Career Fair attendees insight and advice from prominent industry personalities, including Wendy Brandes, owner and president of Wendy Brandes Jewelry; Greg Kwiat, chief executive officer at KWIAT; Joel Schechter, chief executive officer at HONORA; and recent GIA graduate and emerging talent Fallon Bock, diamond quality specialist at Leo Schachter Diamond Group. 

The GIA New York Jewelry Career Fair takes place the Friday before the JA New York trade show (July 15-17).

Additional employers interested in recruiting at this year’s Career Fair can sign up online at or by contacting GIA Career Services at (+1 760) 603-4542.

Michelle Orman, owner of Last Word Communications, meeting with an attendee at last year’s GIA New York Jewelry Career Fair. Photo © Mark McQueen.

Share This:

Email Facebook Twitter LinkedIn ShareThis

Leave a Comment:

Human Check