GIA GemFest and jewelry design grads are part of Vicenza’s Orogemma Gold Fair

Ten graduates of the Gemological Institute of America’s (GIA) Jewelry Design program will represent the Institute in the Vicenza Trade Fair Board’s inaugural edition of “Shapes of Jewelry,” a new exhibition to be held during the Vicenza Orogemma Gold Fair Sept. 11–16. Their award-winning design renderings, and manufactured counterparts will be featured in the Leonardo Pavilion. GIA’s GemFest Italy focusing on the booming jewelry industry in India will also be held during the fair on Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Sala Trissino.

The GIA designers, all winners of international contests including Gold Virtuosi, Tahitian Pearl Trophy, World Facet Award, and the GIA-hosted Schuetz competition, earned their Jewelry Design diplomas in several countries. Highlighted designers will be: Pierpaola Bernasconi, representing GIA Italy; Korea’s Jin Kang, Hye Mi Do, Jeong Yeon Lee, and Stephanie Baik; Michelle Tsai and Sarah Cheng of Taiwan; and Joanne Miale, Rowena Maloco, and Dan Toledo of the U.S..

GIA will bring GemFest India to the Vicenza Fair. GIA India Director Deepak Bagai will be the keynote speaker. Bagai, who holds a master’s degree in geology and has completed training at GIA, will present gemstones currently in vogue in the Indian jewelry market. Jaipur Gems Director Siddhartha Sacheti, G.J., will discuss the thriving retail jewelry market there. He graduated from GIA with diplomas in Gemology, Jewelry Manufacturing Arts, and Retail Management. Formed in 1974, Jaipur Gems is a retail establishment that deals in rare diamonds and limited-edition designer jewelry.

GemFest India is sponsored by the Vicenza Trade Fair Board. Admission is free however space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The conference will be in English with simultaneous Italian translation. For information, contact GIA Italy by e-mail at or call 39-0444-547416.