Jewellery Forensics Seminar

Jewelry Forensics

Acquire the skills needed by jewellery professionals to evaluate jewellery quality, and predict and prevent jewellery failure using GIA’s 12-step process for evaluation.

GIA’s Jewellery Forensics seminar will enable jewellery appraisers, retail staff and jewellery designers of all experience levels to better identify how pieces of jewellery are made. Through hands-on practice, you will learn to identify indicators of manufacturing processes to better assess jewellery quality. Participants will learn via a lecture by GIA gem and jewellery experts, hands-on exercise, illustrations, images and video.


  • Factors that affect jewellery quality and predict jewellery failure, such as design and engineering
  • Precious metal characteristics and how they complement good design and engineering
  • Common manufacturing methods and the traces that identify them
  • Common jewellery terminology used to communicate jewellery design, engineering and workmanship
  • GIA® Quality Assurance Benchmarks (QAB) and how they help to assess workmanship

Attendees will receive a jewellery forensics guidebook and a USB stick with supplemental information.


Each seminar session is two and half days to allow for extensive hands-on examination of jewellery specimens.

Day 1: 8 am – 4 pm
Day 2: 8 am – 4 pm
Day 3: 8 am – 11.30 am


13-15 April
27-29 May
9-11 September

Location: GIA Campus in Carlsbad, CA – 5345 Armada Drive, Carlsbad CA, 92008




Please download and return the completedSeminar Application.


Dates and course content are subject to change.