Graduate Pearls Program

Satisfy the most discriminating buyers with your knowledge of pearls. Your coursework includes the latest research told through a captivating collection of audio, video, and multimedia – and it’s all online.

What You'll Learn

  • Explain the differences between natural and cultured pearls
  • Evaluate and grade cultured pearls based on GIA’s 7 Pearl Value Factors™
  • Describe the components of the GIA Pearl Report(s)
  • Describe cultured pearl types and their sources
  • Identify “other” pearl types found in the marketplace
  • Describe common pearl treatments
  • Understand the relationship of beauty, value, and quality
  • Learn the process of pearl culturing and marketing

Possible Career Paths

  • Jewelry Business Owner
  • Pearl Buyer
  • Pearl Sorter/Grader
  • Retailer
  • Wholesaler
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Topics Covered

Here are some of the topics covered in the Graduate Pearls diploma program.


Judge and grade pearls using GIA’s7 Pearl Value Factors™.


Understand how market factors and the supply chain affect value.

How You’ll Earn the Graduate Pearls Diploma

Online eLearning + Hands-On Lab Class

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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 rich curriculum designed for working professionals. Take 1 eLearning course and 1 lab class.

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