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.

Assignment 5 Release Date: 6/4/2018

Ethiopian Emeralds

Ethiopia is Africa's oldest independent country and its second largest in terms of population. It's also home to one of the world's fastest-growing economies. The people of Ethiopia--believed to be the cradle of humankind--speak many languages. They grow coffee and mine a variety of precious metals and gems, including some very high-quality emeralds. In this video presentation, you'll join a team from GIA as they learn more about Ethiopia's emeralds and the area they come from.

Assignment 6 Release Date: 7/2/2018

Ethiopian Sapphires

As they continued their travels through the fascinating country of Ethiopia, GIA’s team was granted special permission to visit the sapphire mining area in the north. In that arid and remote region, the team found a community where gem production is in its infancy. Under these less than ideal conditions, the people of this region are recovering sapphires and learning how to benefit from trading in them. In this video presentation, you'll join the GIA team as they learn more about Ethiopia's sapphires and the region they come from.

Assignment 7 Release Date: 8/6/2018

Ethiopian Opals

For GIA’s team of field gemologists, a trip to Ethiopia had to include a visit to the country’s opal mines. Opal was first discovered in Ethiopia in the early 1990s. Subsequent discoveries have yielded large amounts of opals of all types, including precious white, crystal, and black opal. The fame of this source has grown over the last 15 years and Ethiopia now provides large amounts of opal to the trade. Join GIA’s team as they trek through difficult conditions to reach an Ethiopian opal mine.

Lab Grown Diamond Assignment
Assignment 8 Release Date: 9/6/2018

Selling Lab-Grown Diamonds

The reality of the modern jewelry industry is that lab-grown gems are here to stay. Many gems have been synthesized in the lab but none have been as captivating, curious, or controversial as lab-grown diamond. In a recent visit to GIA, Debbie Hiss, the Director of Training at Pure Grown Diamonds, discussed the technology involved in the creation of lab-grown diamonds, their place in the current market, and how to sell them.