Continuing Education

Developed by our experts and designed for gem and jewellery professionals, Continuing Education seminars from the GIA Alumni Association deliver in-demand knowledge that you can use on a variety of topics important to our industry.

These seminars demonstrate our commitment to life-long learning opportunities for GIA graduates, but being a graduate is not required. GIA Alumni are eligible for a discount on most continuing education offerings.

Seminars cover a range of topics, including diamonds, coloured stones, jewellery and more. Explore your options below.

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Diamonds

Overview of Laboratory-Grown Diamonds

Essential information for buyers and sellers of laboratory-grown diamonds.

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Diamonds

Overview of Laboratory-Grown Diamonds

Live Online | 2 Hours

This seminar will provide essential knowledge about laboratory-grown diamonds that will give gem and jewellery professionals the confidence to have responsible discussions with their customers. Key topics will include the main production methods (HPHT and CVD), a review of important US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulations, and the services, methods and instruments that can help to distinguish laboratory-grown and natural diamonds, including GIA Laboratory Reports and the GIA iD100™ gem testing device.

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Ideal for:
Gem and Jewellery Sales Professionals, Jewellers, Gem Enthusiasts

Cost:
$195 USD (GIA Alumni receive a 10% discount)

Dates:
31 Mar 2021; 10 am – 12 pm Pacific Time
6 May 2021; 1 pm – 3 pm Pacific Time
30 June 2021; 10 am – 12 pm Pacific Time

Overview of Laboratory-Grown Diamonds

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Advanced Laboratory-Grown Diamond

Learn the latest techniques to identify laboratory-grown diamonds.

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Diamonds

Advanced Laboratory-Grown Diamond

Live Online | 2 Days | Gemmological Background Recommended

This two-day seminar builds on GIA’s more than 60 years of scientific research into natural, treated and laboratory-grown diamonds and 90 years of GIA’s industry-leading gemmological education programmes. Participants will gain in-depth knowledge of advanced diamond identification techniques, including an up-close examination of current production of laboratory-grown diamonds and the latest detection technology. 

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Ideal for:
Research Professionals, Gem and Jewellery Business Owners

Cost:
$995 USD (GIA Alumni receive a 10% discount)

Dates:
14-15 Apr 2021; 8 am – 4 pm Pacific Time

Advanced Laboratory-Grown Diamond

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Coloured Stones

Advanced Coloured Stones Country of Origin

Learn the methods and limitations of country of origin determination for a variety of popular coloured gemstones.

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Coloured Stones

Advanced Coloured Stones Country of Origin

Live Online | 2 Days

This two-day live online seminar will provide a comprehensive and in-depth discussion of country of origin determination for many coloured gems including ruby, sapphire, emerald, spinel and alexandrite.

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Ideal for:
Research Professionals, Gem and Jewellery Business Owners

Cost:
$995 USD (GIA Alumni receive a 10% discount)

Dates:
16-17 June 2021; 8 am – 4 pm Pacific Time

Advanced Coloured Stones Country of Origin

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Low-Temperature Heat Treatment

Learn how to identify low-temperature heated gems.

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Coloured Stones

Low-Temperature Heat Treatment

Live Online | 2 Hours

Low temperature heat treatment of certain kinds of corundum has been a major concern to the industry in the past several years. This two-hour seminar will focus on how GIA Research is developing more reliable ways to identify low-temperature-heated stones from stones that have not been treated.

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Ideal for:
Research Professionals, Gem and Jewellery Business Owners and Sales Professionals; Gem Enthusiasts

Cost:
$195 USD (GIA Alumni receive a 10% discount)

Dates:
21 Apr 2021; 10 am – 12 pm Pacific Time

Low-Temperature Heat Treatment

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Jewelry

Jewelry Forensics

Jewellery Forensics
 

Learn to evaluate the quality of fine jewellery using GIA’s step-by-step process.

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Jewellery

Jewellery Forensics

Live Online | 2 Days

Participants will learn through lecture by GIA gem and jewellery experts, illustrations, images, and video and live demonstrations that will allow you to see exactly what our experts see as they examine jewellery under a microscope. Attendees can interact with the instructor during the seminar, and will receive a digital jewellery forensics guidebook and other useful reference material.

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Ideal for:
Appraisers, Retail Jewellery Intake Specialists, Bench Jewellers, Jewellery Designers and Jewellery Enthusiasts

Cost:
$995 USD (GIA Alumni receive a 10% discount)

Dates:
15-16 Mar 2021; 8 am – 4 pm Pacific Time
4-5 May 2021; 8 am – 4 pm Pacific Time

Jewellery Forensics

Jewelry Forensics

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Introduction to Repair and Setting

Learn essential bench jewellery skills including ring sizing, stone setting and more.

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Jewellery

Introduction to Repair and Setting

Carlsbad Campus | 5 Days 

Through hands-on training at your own fully equipped workbench and under the watchful eye of an experienced bench jeweller, you’ll learn how to set basic four and six-prong settings with round stones, size rings, tighten stones, assemble and solder settings and shanks, work with sterling silver and carat golds, recognise and evaluate quality craftsmanship using GIA’s Quality Assurance Benchmarks and more.

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Ideal for:
Bench Jewellers, Jewellery Enthusiasts, Jewellery Designers, Retail Jewellery Intake Specialists

Cost:
$1,573.91 USD

Dates:
17-21 May 2021; 8 am – 4 pm Pacific Time

Introduction to Repair and Setting

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Additional Offerings

Photomicrograph of black manganese oxide “plumes” in an Australian opal

Photomicrography
 

An overview of techniques and tips to document the micro-features of gemstones.

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Additional Offerings

Photomicrography

Live Online | 2 Hours

Microscopy is one of the most valuable tools available to a gemmologist to aid in documenting micro-features that can be critical to many sectors of the gem industry, including identification and appraisals. With advancements in digital technology and smartphone cameras, it has never been easier for the gemmologist to take high quality photomicrographs to document gemstones. This two-hour seminar offers some basic techniques and tips on lighting control and the application of digital photomicrography to get the most out of documenting microscopic features in gems.

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Ideal for:
Researchers, Gem and Photo Enthusiasts

Cost:
$195 USD (GIA Alumni receive a 10% discount)

Dates:
17 Mar 2021; 10 am – 12 pm Pacific Time
4 June 2021; 10 am – 12 pm Pacific Time

Photomicrography

Photomicrograph of black manganese oxide “plumes” in an Australian opal

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Continuing Education Recognition Programme

The latest gemmological knowledge, research and trends exclusively for graduates of the GIA Graduate Gemologist® programme.

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Additional Offerings

Continuing Education Recognition Programme

Complete 8 Modules Yearly | Study at Your Own Pace

Stay current with access to the latest knowledge, research and trends in the gem and jewellery industry, including access to GIA course materials. Complete all eight modules by 31 December 2021 in order to receive your Continuing Education Recognition Programme participation acknowledgment.

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Ideal for:
GIA Graduate Gemologists or GIA Gemologists

Cost:
$230 USD
 

Continuing Education Recognition Programme

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The 7 Value Factors of Pearls


Essential knowledge for evaluating the quality of pearls.
 

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The 7 Value Factors of Pearls

Live Online | 2 Hours

This seminar will provide an in-depth look at the GIA 7 Pearl Value Factors™ and how gem and jewellery professionals can apply this evaluation system in their daily dealings with pearls. These criteria were developed by GIA over a 60-year period of ground-breaking research on pearls, and used by experts when evaluating pearls in the laboratory.

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Ideal for:
Gemmologists, Sales Assistants, Jewellery Buyers, Pearl Investors and Enthusiasts

Cost:
$195 USD (GIA Alumni receive a 10% discount)

Dates:
19 May 2021; 10 am – 12 pm Pacific Time
25 June 2021; 10 am – 12 pm Pacific Time

The 7 Value Factors of Pearls

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