Lab Class


Course Description

This course examines how to buy and sell akoya, South Sea, Tahitian and freshwater pearls with insight and skill; and GIA’s 7 Pearl Value Factors™: size, shape, color, luster, surface quality, nacre quality and matching. You will be taught the difference between natural and cultured pearls, postharvest treatments, imitation pearls and pearl testing. The final exam is online, open book and does not require a proctor.

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What You Earn

  • Pearls Certificate