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
How You'll LearnTake one online course through GIA’s eLearning platform and one on-campus lab class.