Lab Class

Pearl Grading Lab

Course Description

Discover how the world’s foremost experts determine the quality of akoya, freshwater, South Sea, and Tahitian pearls. Explore GIA’s 7 Pearl Value Factors™. Key topics include how to evaluate cultured pearls in order to promote the relationship between beauty, value and quality in merchandise. Students must pass a two-stone assessment to complete the class successfully. Classrooms contain a pearl gauge and other instruction aids. Each student workstation includes either a binocular microscope or a daylight equivalent light source, and a pearl grading master set with an informational keycard. As part of your course materials, you will receive and keep a gem cloth and a lab manual.

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What you earn

  • Letter of Completion