GCS

Graduate Coloured Stones Programme

Identify a stunning variety of gemstones. Evaluate them by quality, rarity and colour. Study the most effective grading, buying and selling techniques. A dazzling spectrum of opportunities awaits those who understand the coloured stone marketplace.

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What You'll Learn

  • Build a knowledge base about coloured stones and the coloured stone market
  • Use gemmological equipment effectively to identify gemstones
  • Use the GIA Colored Stone Grading System to evaluate gemstone quality
  • Recognise how quality, rarity and colour affect value
  • Determine how market factors affect gem value

Possible Career Paths

  • Appraiser
  • Auction House Jewellery Specialist
  • Coloured Stone Buyer
  • Estate Jewellery Dealer
  • Jewellery Business Owner
  • Jewellery Buyer
  • Pawn Broker
  • Retailer
  • Wholesaler
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Topics Covered

Here are key topics covered in the Graduate Colored Stones diploma programme.

COLOURED STONES & COLOURED STONE GRADING

Learn about the characteristics of coloured stones, with a focus on ruby, sapphire and emerald.

GEM IDENTIFICATION

Identify more than 60 species of gemstones, distinguish natural gems from synthetics and detect gem treatments.

EQUIPMENT & INSTRUMENTATION

Learn coloured stone identification skills GIA graders use.

TREATMENTS, SYNTHETICS & IMITATIONS

Identify gemstones that have been treated or are imitations.

MARKETS & SUPPLY CHAINS

Understand how market factors and the supply chain affect value.

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STUDY AT THE GIA SCHOOL ACCELERATED, FULL-TIME LEARNING

Immerse yourself in the world of gems and jewellery and earn your Graduate Colored Stones diploma by studying at a GIA campus. This transformative programme opens up a world of opportunity.

Offered at the Following Campuses