Last updateTue, 19 Jun 2018 9pm

New exhibit series “Aluminati” spotlights gem and jewelry stars


GIA Museum to feature designer Kara Ross as first Aluminati

(CARLSBAD, Calif) – The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Museum has announced the launch of a new exhibit series, “Aluminati: From Student to Star,” which will highlight the talents of Institute alumni who have made waves in the gem and jewelry industry. The first exhibit in the series, featuring designer Kara Ross, opened in April at GIA’s world headquarters in Carlsbad, CA.

The Kara Ross Aluminati exhibit will run from the beginning of April through November. Ross’ trendsetting and inspired designs will fill the atrium cases at GIA’s Carlsbad campus. A highlight of this exhibit are the custom pieces Ross created for First Lady Michelle Obama out of wood from a fallen tree near the White House.

Ross holds a GIA Graduate Gemologist diploma, the Institute’s highest credential, and is a world-renowned jewelry and handbag designer. Working with all types of gemstones (often in their natural state), crystals, wood and other organic material, her designs are favored by celebrities and public figures. Ross and her work have appeared in numerous national and international magazines, and she was honored in 2012 as the Design Award winner by the Women’s Jewelry Association.

The Aluminati series will feature GIA graduates from various parts of the gem and jewelry industry - from miners and gem carvers to gem dealers, designers, jewelers and more. 

The GIA Museum is free and open to the public by appointment.  For more information or to arrange a campus tour, please visit www.gia.edu.