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

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

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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. 

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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.

Find a Future That's Right for You

Learn more about GIA scholarships and the many courses they can be applied to. The cutting-edge GIA Jewelry Design & Technology Program includes Zbrush, which allows jewelry designers to digitally sculpt their latest creation and create stone settings using GIA-developed digital brushes.
On Campus Education

Study full time and earn your professional gemology, jewelry design or manufacturing credential in six months or less at a GIA Campus.

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Online Education

Study the same curriculum as on-campus students but with more flexibility to meet your family and job commitments.

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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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