Essential Knowledge for Evaluating the Quality of Pearls
Unique among gems for the process which forms them, pearls are a vital part of the gem and jewelry trade. They occur in many colors and shapes, and they may form in a mollusk naturally or as the result of skilled human intervention. Due to their special place among gems, there are a variety of factors to consider when evaluating the quality and value of pearls.
This seminar will provide an in-depth look at the GIA 7 Pearl Value Factors™ and how gem and jewelry professionals can apply this evaluation system in their daily dealing with pearls. These criteria were developed by GIA over a 60-year period of ground-breaking research on pearls, and used by experts when evaluating pearls in the laboratory.
This seminar is ideal for gemologists, sales associates, jewelry buyers, jewelers, pearl investors and enthusiasts.
What you'll learn:
- The difference between natural and cultured pearls
- The main types of cultured pearls including akoya, South Sea, Tahitian and freshwater
- How to apply the GIA 7 Pearl Value Factors™ (Size, Shape, Color, Luster, Surface, Nacre and Matching) to different pearl types
- Techniques to systematically evaluate pearl quality whether you are examining a single pearl, pearl jewelry or strands
Each online seminar is two hours. New dates may be added throughout the year. The number of attendees will be limited to ensure the best experience possible.
- May 19, 2021; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Pacific Time)
- June 25, 2021; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Pacific Time)
This live seminar will be delivered through an online learning platform.
$195 USD (GIA Alumni receive a 10% discount)
form. You will be provided information about how to access the platform after your registration is confirmed.Please complete the online registration
Continuing education offerings by the GIA Alumni Association™ are considered avocational or recreational in nature and are not intended to prepare individuals for entry-level employment. They are non-credit bearing and do not lead to a GIA academic credential. They are not eligible for state or federal student financial aid programs and do not fall under the approval of the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) or the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).
Dates, course content and instructors are subject to change.
Thank you for your interest in the GIA Jewelry Forensics Seminar. A seminar representative will contact you within two business days.