2018 Continuing Education Modules

The 2018 Continuing Education Recognition Program modules are now available. Complete all eight modules by December 31, 2018 in order to receive your Continuing Education Recognition Program participation acknowledgment.

Assignment 1 Release Date: 2/5/2018

Greenland Ruby Mining

Legend has it that when Erik the Red was banished from Iceland for his crimes, he sailed northwest until he reached another ice-bound land. He named his new home “Greenland” and settled there with his family. Some say he got his name for his blazing hair, others say it was for his hot temper. What would he have thought if he knew there were crimson-red gems buried under all that snow and ice? Mining of the Aappaluttoq ruby deposit began in 2015. Join us for a video overview showing some of the challenges of mining in remote areas.

This is the first assignment in the 2018 Continuing Education Recognition Program. You will have continuous access to the entire course – including the assignments, the GIA eLearning courses, and the multimedia archive – until the end of the calendar year. Be sure to complete all eight assignments by December 31st, 2018 in order to receive your Continuing Education Recognition Program certificate.

Assignment 2 Release Date: 3/5/2018

Dreher Animal Carvings

Nestled in the Hunsrück Mountains of southwestern Germany lies the town of Idar-Oberstein. Hundreds of years ago, the townspeople began finding agate, jasper, and quartz within the mountains and along the rivers of the region. Taking advantage of the beautiful gifts mother nature provided, the people of the area established a tradition of gem cutting and carving that grew into a local industry that survives to this day. In this interview, Patrick Dreher describes his family’s multi-generational involvement in the gem-fashioning industry and the devotion to quality that drives their business.

Assignment 3 Release Date: 4/2/2018

Edward Boehm: Tucson 2018

The annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show is widely regarded as one of the largest and oldest such shows in the world. Every year it attracts buyers and sellers of every kind of gemstone, mineral specimen, and jewelry style one can imagine. Edward Boehm is a widely respected member of that world, with many years of experience buying and selling a wide range of rare and exceptional jewels. In this exclusive interview conducted at the Tucson show, Boehm shares his insights into the current state of the world's gemstone market and shows some of his favorites among a truly unique assortment of gemstones.

Assignment 4 Release Date: 5/7/2018

News from Tucson 2018

Each year, a team of GIA gemologists explores the world famous Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. Because the show brings together gem and jewelry experts from all over the world, the goal of GIA’s staff is to visit with various trade members and learn about new developments in the industry. In this month’s video, experts in pearls, emeralds, and demantoid garnets share their knowledge and give updates on trends and sources.