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Graduate Gemologist Programme

One of the most prestigious qualifications in the industry, the GIA Graduate Gemologist programme gives you the comprehensive knowledge of diamonds and coloured stones you need to succeed anywhere in the jewellery business. You’ll gain both technical expertise and practical skills to evaluate gemstones by the 4Cs (colour, clarity, cut, and carat weight), the International Diamond Grading System™ and the Coloured Stone Grading System.

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What You'll Learn

  • Develop in-depth, hands-on experience with the GIA International Diamond Grading System™ and the 4Cs (colour, clarity, cut and carat weight)
  • Grade diamonds in the D-to-Z colour range
  • Build a knowledge base about coloured stones and the coloured stone market
  • Use gemmological equipment effectively to identify gemstones
  • Use the GIA Coloured Stone Grading System to evaluate gemstone quality
  • Identify gemstone characteristics, simulants and treatments, and recognise when advanced testing is required
  • Understand how gems are mined, fashioned and brought to the marketplace
  • 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
  • Diamond Buyer
  • Diamond Sorter/Grader
  • Estate Jewellery Dealer
  • Gemmologist
  • Stock Control Specialist
  • Jewellery Business Owner
  • Jewellery Buyer
  • Lab and Research Professional
  • Merchandiser
  • Pawnbroker
  • Retailer
  • Sales Associate
  • Wholesaler
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Topics Covered

Here are some of the topics covered in the Graduate Gemmologist diploma programme.

DIAMONDS & DIAMOND GRADING

Judge and grade diamonds by the 4Cs and colour.

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 about diamond identification and the grading skills GIA graders use.

TREATMENTS, SYNTHETICS & IMITATIONS

Identify diamonds 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 Gemologist diploma by studying at a GIA campus. This transformative programme opens up a world of opportunity.

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