GIA Education

Elevate your career in gems and jewelry by combining passion with knowledge. Study at the Gemological Institute of America, the world’s foremost authority in gemology, and earn a diploma that opens doors throughout the industry.

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GIA Education Story


Founded by a jeweler who identified a need to professionalize the industry, GIA is a nonprofit institution committed to protecting and educating the public in the field of gems and jewelry. Since 1931, GIA created standards used in gemstone evaluation around the world by creating the 4Cs of Diamond Quality and the GIA 7 Pearl Value Factors™. Fueled by the research done in GIA’s world-class laboratories, the education division translates in-depth knowledge into practical skills to teach and train the next generation of jewelry leaders and professionals.

GIA Education Highlights

Careers

GIA offers a comprehensive curriculum that prepares you for careers in jewelry design, appraisal, sales, bench jewelry and more.

Accreditation

Enroll in one of GIA’s accredited courses to earn a globally-recognized diploma or certificate that testifies to your mastery of a chosen subject.

Global

Located in many of the world’s top gem trading and jewelry-making centers, each of GIA’s seven global campuses offers students a respected education with a unique perspective on the industry. 

Faculty

Bringing industry experience and knowledge, a passion for their craft and a gift for teaching, GIA instructors are committed to helping you maximize your potential and thrive in the gem and jewelry industry. 

Value of a GIA Education

Whether you’re starting a new career or looking to advance your current one, a GIA education is key to opening doors within the industry. We teach the latest knowledge and time-tested skills using cutting-edge research and technology. Professionalism and integrity are at the heart of all that we do so we provide our students with the expertise they need to operate at the highest ethical and professional standards. GIA credentials are a globally recognized mark of excellence that show a jewelry professional is equipped for the challenges and opportunities of the ever-evolving gem and jewelry industry.

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Programs & Courses

Courses range from comprehensive programs on gemology to jewelry design and manufacturing designed to fit into the busy professional’s schedule.

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Where to Learn

Students have the opportunity to study full time at one of GIA’s seven global campuses or via distance education at GIA's online campus. 

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Career Paths

From wholesale to retail, auction to jewelry design, there are limitless ways of expressing your talent and drive in the gem and jewelry industry.

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The theoretical and practical aspects of GIA programs are seamlessly combined, resulting in a superb educational experience.

John Patpratoom Belmont, GIA GG
Manager, KV Gems Co., Ltd.

At GIA, I learned from instructors whose professional backgrounds, expertise, and support extended far beyond the textbooks. Anchal Malhotra

Anchal Malhotra, GIA GG, AJP®, Jewelry Design Certificate
Owner, Anchal Silver Jewelry

There is not a day that goes by that I don’t use something I learned while at GIA.

Lauren Noelle Fiabane, GIA GG, AJA
Owner and Designer, Noelle Leone