Dream Come True: Shivan Sarna Speaks at the Gemological Institute of America
Sometimes the stars do align. I recently read my e-mail and did a double take. It was an invite from the Head of Communications and Public Relations at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in Carlsbad, California, asking me to be on a panel discussion at their 80th Year Anniversary Symposium. What?! Wow! Uh, yes! I wasn’t planning on a trip to one of my favorite places in California, so this was especially unexpected and exciting! It was an unexpected dream trip to the “Emerald City” (sort of)…!
My husband and I were going to forgo a vacation this year, or maybe take a road trip in the Fall. We have been hoarding our travel points for years promising each other that one day we would be fancy and fly first class with all those darn points–Tampa to San Diego requires leg room! You also get out of having to pay for your luggage to travel with you which is nice! Okay, so the flight was pretty good. If you are going to be in a metal tube traveling at over 35,000 feet above the ground, the free movies are a nice extra . We stepped off of the plane in San Diego, and drove the half hour to Carlsbad just in time to drop off our bags in our room and catch the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean on the beach. It was a magical moment. The sun looked like a big citrine as it set over the topaz-colored sea and we sat on smokey quartz-colored sand. I realized that it was wrong to live in Florida and not go to the beach. I had to go across the country to get sand in my shoes? That is a whole other blog!
The symposium was being held at the world headquarters of the GIA, and they pulled out the red carpet. There were jewelers, designers, captains of industry, artists, brand experts, fashionistas and their posses all over the campus. The place was hopping! It was thrilling. There were two tracks you could attend. One was for business, the other was about mining and the like. I spoke in the session called Jewelry Design from the Museum to the Masses. I think I was the “masses” take on things. The invitation was made to all of the participants in the audience to come to HSN and sell their wares. Who knows? Maybe the stars will align for them too! For the most part, I stuck with the PowerPoint presentation then went off reservation, and gave some of my favorite tips on how to share jewelry. I love to talk about jewelry with a balance of two things: the beauty of the gems and the science of gemology. The audience laughed when they were supposed to, asked questions, and were just swell. What can I say? I want to do it again ASAP!
Some of the photos here will give you a feel of the trip, and also a visit to an amazing exhibit organized by the GIA at the San Diego Natural History Museum. We were also able to spend half a day with Victoria Wieck, which was a blast. The woman knows where the best bakery in the area is, an experience I will not forget anytime soon! There are lots of great upcoming shows including one with Victoria, another called Gems So Rare, and I am still haunted by this ring by Turia, full of Tahitian Pearls!
Rock On! And Happy Summer!
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