Graduate Pearls Online Diploma

Learn the product knowledge and grading skills to effectively buy inventory and build confidence when buying and selling akoya, South Sea, Tahitian and freshwater pearls. You will be taught GIA’s 7 Pearl Value Factors™: size, shape, color, luster, surface quality, nacre quality and matching – the essential criteria for assessing the value and beauty of pearls.

What You'll Learn

  • Explain the differences between natural and cultured pearls
  • Evaluate and grade cultured pearls based on GIA’s 7 Pearl Value Factors™
  • Describe the components of the GIA Pearl Report(s)
  • Describe cultured pearl types and their sources
  • Identify “other” pearl types found in the marketplace
  • Describe common pearl treatments
  • Understand the relationship of beauty, value and quality
  • Learn the process of pearl culturing and marketing

Possible Career Paths

  • Pearl Grader
  • Pearl Assorter
  • Jewelry Business Owner
  • Jewelry Sales Professional
  • Pearl Buyer
  • Retailer
  • Wholesaler
View Popular Career Paths

Topics Covered

Here are some of the topics covered in the Graduate Pearls online diploma coursework

Program Detail Topic Icon Pearl 132x74 PEARL GRADING

Judge and grade pearls using GIA’s7 Pearl Value Factors™.

PE_GGP_TopicsCovered-Markets-132x74 MARKETS & SUPPLY CHAINS

Understand how market factors and the supply chain affect value.

Get Started

Card image cap

How to Earn the Graduate Pearls Online Diploma

Enroll and complete one online course and one lab class.

We recommend this sequence to maximize your comprehension of key concepts and course objectives:

GEM 149 – Pearls Online Course

GEM 149L – Pearl Grading Lab

Select a course above to learn more and apply

View the Online Diploma Requirements Chart

Learn about Online Education