Time to Shine:
Meet the Collective puts GIA Alumni in the Spotlight
Meet this diverse ensemble of GIA alums as they share stories about the impact their education has made in their lives and careers.
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GIA Alumni Take Center Stage
Get inspired by conversations with alumni from near and far. These individuals bring their distinctive perspectives to life in the work they do, and the GIA Alumni Collective presents a special chance to connect with the real people behind the gems and jewels.
Lucy Kilislian, GIA GG, GJ, JD, Pearls Graduate
For some, diamonds and gemstones shine like far-away stars -- but Lucy Kilislian, founder of Candy Ice Jewelry, designs her pieces for real-life Hollywood stars.
Sara Bautista, GIA Diamonds Graduate
Meet San Francisco native (and current Brooklynite) Sara Bautista a.k.a. Peggy Portals, a GIA alum and custom "grillz" designer who also specializes in fine jewelry.
What happens when a neuroscientist also discovers a passion for gemology and jewelry? Science and art collide for this Australian alum.
Ilan Portugali, GIA Diamonds Graduate
Ilan immigrated to the U.S. to fulfill his dream: sourcing rare diamonds for celebrity and high-net-worth clients.
Marina Pilibosian Bozabalian, GIA GG
Ishkhan Bozabalian, GIA JDT
This duo has continued their family’s legacy by making their clients’ happiest moments a part of their business.
Ivan Co, GIA Jewelry Design Certificate
Combining quality, beauty and movement, this designer pushes the boundaries to transcend the limitations of wearability.
Gerard Alexander, GIA GG
Resilience in the face of adversity. Gerard persisted and is now serving up bejeweled Happy Meal jewelry!
Niki Grandics, GIA GJ
It was love at first solder…this GIA alum was the first in her family to pursue her dream of jewelry making and design.
Mirabai Kuk Nagle, GIA GG
With a love for gems and jewelry since her youth, Mirabai scours the globe for the finest quality, hand selected gemstones.