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GIA

January 27, 2015

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In the heart of Carlsbad sits the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Since its founding in 1931, the institution has educated more than 350,000 professionals in virtually every sector of the jewelry industry.  But they are not just an educational institution – they’re also a jobs generator. Since 2013, GIA has brought on 130 diamond graders, and they’re looking to hire 80 entry-level positions in 2015.

From India, to Thailand, and the U.K, GIA has 17 locations worldwide, yet the company remains proudly headquartered in San Diego’s North County.

We sat with Stephen Morisseau, director of corporate communications at GIA, to learn more about the company’s growth plans and why they love calling Carlsbad home. 

1)Tell us about GIA
GIA’s campus in Carlsbad is unique in the gem and jewelry industry. First and foremost, we are an educational institution, helping people prepare for careers in the global gem and jewelry trade. Our students come to Carlsbad from across the country and around the world, taking home an excellent impression of the region and helping more people learn about San Diego. We conduct leading-edge research into gemstones. World-class scientists use our unique resources to delve into the nature and origin of diamonds, rubies, sapphires, pearls and many other gems. GIA’s campus in Carlsbad houses the Richard Liddicoat Gemological Library and Information Center, the largest and most complete collection of its kind. Lastly, we work to protect consumers by providing gemstone identification and grading reports that help ensure their trust in the gems and jewelry they purchase. 

Why Gia Chose San Diego

2) What are some advantages to being located in San Diego?
Being in San Diego with its well-connected infrastructure puts us close to our campuses and labs across the globe.  North County provides a great talent pool.

3) San Diego is full of dynamic companies, firms and service providers influencing global trends and innovation. Pick another San Diego company that is at the top of its game.
We are very proud to be part of the North County community. That said, the city of Carlsbad has done a great job of attracting new companies while maintaining the quality of life that makes this an attractive place for so many firms and people.

4) What do you anticipate for your company in five years? What do you anticipate for San Diego?
Global demand for educated, well-prepared professionals drives demand for our education programs, just as consumer interest in having an independent, third-party evaluation of the qualities of their gemstone jewelry drives demand for our identification and grading services. We anticipate continued growth, both as a global and a local institute. For San Diego, we see the region meeting the challenges of moving America’s Finest City forward.