GCS Graduate Colored Stones Program

Identify a stunning variety of gemstones. Evaluate them by quality, rarity, and color. Study the most effective grading, buying, and selling techniques. A dazzling spectrum of opportunities awaits those who understand the colored stone marketplace.

What You'll Learn

  • Build a knowledge base about colored stones and the colored stone market
  • Use gemological equipment effectively to identify gemstones
  • Use the GIA Colored Stone Grading System to evaluate gemstone quality
  • Recognize how quality, rarity, and color affect value
  • Determine how market factors affect gem value

Possible Career Paths

  • Appraiser
  • Auction House Jewelry Specialist
  • Colored Stone Buyer
  • Estate Jewelry Dealer
  • Jewelry Business Owner
  • Jewelry Buyer
  • Pawn Broker
  • Retailer
  • Wholesaler
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Topics Covered

Here are key topics covered in the Graduate Colored Stones diploma program.

  • COLORED STONES & COLORED STONE GRADING

    Learn the characteristics of colored stones, with a focus on ruby, sapphire, and emerald.

  • GEM IDENTIFICATION

    Identify more than 60 species of gemstones, distinguish natural gems from synthetics, and detect gem treatments.

  • EQUIPMENT & INSTRUMENTATION

    Learn colored stone identification skills used by GIA graders.

  • TREATMENTS, SYNTHETICS & IMITATIONS

    Identify gemstones that have been treated or are imitations.

  • MARKETS & SUPPLY CHAINS

    Understand how market factors and the supply chain affect value.

TWO WAYS TO LEARN

GIA offers two learning methods to suit your needs.

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Study on campus Accelerated, full-time learning

Immerse yourself in the world of gems and jewelry and earn your Graduate Colored Stones diploma by studying on a GIA campus. This transformative program opens up a world of opportunity.

Offered at the Following Campuses

Distance Education eLearning courses and hands-on lab classes

Acquire the skills to advance your career at a pace that suits your life. Study the same rich Graduate Colored Stones curriculum as on-campus students in a program designed for working professionals. Take 3 eLearning courses and 2 lab classes.

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