GIA Education

Increase your passion for gems and jewellery by combining passion with knowledge. Study at the Gemological Institute of America, the world’s foremost authority in gemmology, and earn a diploma that opens doors throughout the industry.

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GIA Education Story

Founded by a jeweller concerned about the lack of knowledge and credibility in the gem and jewellery industry, GIA is a non-profit institute committed to protecting and educating the public. Since 1931, GIA has spearheaded the standardisation of gemstone evaluation by creating the 4Cs of Diamond Quality and the GIA 7 Pearl Value Factors™. Fuelled by the research carried out in GIA’s world-class laboratories, GIA Education translates in-depth knowledge into practical skills to teach and train the next generation of jewellery leaders and professionals.

GIA Education Highlights

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GIA offers a dynamic curriculum that prepares you for careers in jewellery design, appraisal, sales, bench jewellery and more.

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Located in many of the world’s top gem trading and jewellery-making centres, each of GIA’s seven global campuses offers students a respected education with a unique perspective on the industry.

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Bringing with them industry knowledge, a passion for their craft and a gift for teaching, GIA instructors are committed to helping you maximise your potential and thrive in the gem and jewellery industry. 

Value of a GIA Education

Whether you’re starting a new career or looking to advance your current one, a GIA education is key to opening doors within the industry. We teach the latest knowledge and time-tested skills using cutting-edge research and technology. Professionalism and integrity are at the heart of all that we do so that we can provide our students with the expertise they need to operate at the highest ethical and professional standards. GIA qualifications are a globally recognised mark of excellence that show that a jewellery professional is equipped for the challenges and opportunities of the ever-evolving gem and jewellery industry.

Find a Future That's Right for You

Find out more about GIA scholarships and the many courses they can be applied to. The cutting-edge GIA Jewelry Design & Technology Programme includes Zbrush, which allows jewellery designers to digitally sculpt their latest creation and create stone settings using GIA-developed digital brushes.
On Campus Education

Study full time and earn your professional gemology, jewelry design or manufacturing credential in six months or less at a GIA Campus.

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Professional Development
Online Education

Study the same curriculum as on-campus students but with more flexibility to meet your family and job commitments.

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Career Paths

From wholesale to retail, auction to jewelry design, there are limitless ways of expressing your talent and drive in the gem and jewelry industry.

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The theoretical and practical aspects of GIA programmes are seamlessly combined, resulting in a superb educational experience.

John Patpratoom Belmont, GIA GG
Manager, KV Gems Co., Ltd.

The GIA Graduate Gemologist programme provides the unparalleled theoretical knowledge and practical experience that are vital to succeeding in this global industry. 

Dr Supphatuch Ukritnukun, 
GIA Graduate Gemologist
Diamond & Jewellery Consultant,
Thong Lo Goldsmith & Gems

Studying at GIA inspired me to want to become a leader in our industry.

Antony Lindsay
GIA Graduate Gemologist
Chief Executive Officer, Faberge