Professional Development

Graduate Pearls Diploma Program


Course Description

The Graduate Pearls program provides 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. Topics covered include post-harvest treatments, imitation pearls, and pearl testing. Students will get hands-on training and practice testing pearls for authenticity and post-harvest treatments. Each student will receive a lab manual.

What You'll Learn

• Explore the differences between natural and cultured pearls
• Evaluate and grade cultured pearls based on GIA’s 7 Pearl Value Factors™
• Understand the relationship of beauty, value, and quality
• Study the process of pearl culturing and marketing

How You'll Learn

Take one online course through GIA’s eLearning platform and one on-campus lab class.

Note: Professional development programs do not fall within the scope of ACCSC or DEAC accreditation

What You Earn

  • Graduate Pearls Diploma

Graduate Pearls Diploma Program


Self-Paced Course; Comprised of one eLearning course and one Lab class.

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