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.

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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
  • Understand how gems are mined, fashioned, and brought to the marketplace.

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 GIA graders use.

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.

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STUDY AT THE GIA SCHOOL ACCELERATED, FULL-TIME LEARNING

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

Offered at the Following Campuses