Professional Development

Graduate Pearls Diploma Programme


Course Description

The Graduate Pearls programme provides the product knowledge and grading skills to effectively buy stock and build confidence when buying and selling akoya, South Sea, Tahitian and freshwater pearls. You will be taught GIA’s 7 Pearl Value Factors™: size, shape, colour, lustre, surface quality, nacre quality and matching – the essential criteria for assessing the value and beauty of pearls. Topics covered include post-harvest treatments, imitation pearls and pearl testing. Students will get hands-on training and practice testing pearls for authenticity and post-harvest treatments. Each student will receive a lab manual.

What You'll Learn

• Explore the differences between natural and cultured pearls
• Evaluate and grade cultured pearls based on GIA’s 7 Pearl Value Factors™
• Understand the relationship of beauty, value and quality
• Study the process of pearl culturing and marketing

How You'll Learn

Take one online course through GIA’s eLearning platform and one on-campus lab class.

Note: Professional development programmes do not fall within the scope of ACCSC or DEAC accreditation

What you earn

  • Graduate Pearls Diploma