Research

Build Your Research Career
at GIA



GIA Research Team
More than 40 scientists and other GIA staff contribute to our research efforts. Pictured here are (left to right): Dr Karen Smit, Dona Dirlam, Dr Mike Breeding, Dr Ulrika D’Haenens-Johansson, Vincent Pardieu, Dr Wuyi Wang and Dr Jim Shigley. 
GIA offers a unique environment for scientists and researchers to further their investigations in the world of gems.  GIA conducts research to expand gemmological knowledge through the ongoing characterisation of natural gem material, as well as improving gem identification processes and detection methods for treated and synthetic gems. The Institute protects buyers and sellers of gems by providing accurate, unbiased evaluations of gem quality and by educating consumers and the trade.
 
GIA continually invests in its research activities, maintaining fully equipped laboratories with advanced analytical instrumentation for spectrometry, chemical analysis and x-ray imaging, among others.
 
GIA houses a singular gem data repository, made possible by the millions of gems the Institute grades and analyses each year.  And through its unique programme of fieldwork in gem producing areas around the world, GIA continues to build its knowledge through sample collection, documenting the chemistry, spectra, locality and other data on natural gems. 
 
With research facilities in Carlsbad, California; New York City, Bangkok and Antwerp, as well as nine grading laboratories located in the world’s major gem and jewellery centres, GIA provides a truly global context for gemmological research.
 
If you’d like to join our team, we encourage you to review and apply for current research openings.