GIA Symposium to host an evening of Italian jewelry trends

The Gemological Institute of America is inviting International Gemological Symposium attendees to an Italian-themed gala evening of jewelry trend forecasting at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, Calif., Aug. 29, at 6 p.m.

Sponsored by the Vicenza Fair, in collaboration with TJF Group, the Italian Jewelry Guild is producing this 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.

To RSVP for the Italian evening, e-mail igs@gia.edu. To register for Symposium and the pre-Symposium Gemological Research Conference (Aug. 26–27), visit http://www.symposium.gia.edu.