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Jewelry Essentials

Learn the language of jewelry, including how features are combined to give a piece its unique value. 

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Jewelry Essentials

This course examines jewelry’s important features and how they are combined to give a piece its unique value. Topics include the unique qualities of precious metals, how to describe these features to customers, as well as how to identify jewelry types and styles using industry terms. Coursework will cover how different jewelry manufacturing methods affect style, appearance and durability. Plus, learn how precious metals are regulated, marketed, and tested, and the key components of a compelling product presentation to our customer.

Ideal for: Retail professionals and others interested in working in the gem and jewelry industry, jewelry connoisseurs and buyers. This course is required to earn the GIA Applied Jewelry Professional diploma via GIA Distance Education.

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This course is self-paced with a three-month maximum completion time.

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Colored Stone Essentials

Indispensable colored stones knowledge with a focus on ruby, sapphire and emerald.

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Colored Stone Essentials

This course provides fundamental knowledge of colored stones with an in-depth focus on the “Big Three” of the gemstone world: ruby, sapphire and emerald. Subjects include the language of colored stones, color’s important role in gemstone value and the unique characteristics of popular colored stones, as well as how color, clarity, cut and carat weight affect a gem’s value. 

Ideal For: Retail professionals and others interested in working in the gem and jewelry industry, colored gemstone connoisseurs and jewelry buyers. This course is required to earn the GIA Graduate Gemologist, Graduate Colored Stones or Applied Jewelry Professional diplomas via GIA Distance Education.

EARN THE COLORED STONE ESSENTIALS CERTIFICATE

This course is self-paced with a three-month maximum completion time.

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Diamond Essentials

Vital knowledge about the gem and jewelry market’s most important gemstone.

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Diamond Essentials

Learn how to describe diamond jewelry accurately for effective and professional sales conversations with customers. Key topics include the internationally accepted GIA clarity grading system, how diamonds are graded for color and how color affects value. Coursework includes how modern technology is changing the way diamonds are cut, the relationship between size and weight and how retail jewelry stores operate.

Ideal for: Retail professionals and others interested in working in the gem and jewelry industry, diamond connoisseurs and diamond jewelry buyers. This course is required to earn the GIA Graduate Gemologist, Graduate Diamonds or Applied Jewelry Professional diplomas via GIA Distance Education.

 

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This course is self-paced with a three-month maximum completion time.

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Pearls

Learn the factors that determine the quality of akoya, freshwater, South Sea and Tahitian pearls.

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Pearls

This course examines how to buy and sell akoya, South Sea, Tahitian and freshwater pearls with insight and skill, and GIA’s 7 Pearl Value Factors™: size, shape, color, luster, surface quality, nacre quality and matching. You will be taught the difference between natural and cultured pearls, postharvest treatments, imitation pearls and pearl testing. 

Ideal for: Retail professionals and others working in the gem and jewelry industry, pearl connoisseurs and pearl jewelry buyers. Combine with the GIA Pearl Grading Lab class to put these techniques to practice with actual pearls and grading instruments. This course is required to earn the GIA Graduate Pearls diploma via GIA Distance Education.

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This course is self-paced with a six-month maximum completion time.

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Colored Stones

Acquire in-depth knowledge about the most valuable and popular colored stones in the market.

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Colored Stones

This course builds on what is taught in Colored Stone Essentials and provides an in-depth look at the multitude of colored stones sold in today’s market. Topics include which gems are commercially important and why, the differences in gem values and shifting supply patterns and how these factors affect gem prices and availability. 

Ideal for: Gem and jewelry industry professionals who want to improve their colored stone grading skills and knowledge, colored gemstone connoisseurs and jewelry buyers. Combine with the GIA Colored Stone Lab class to put these techniques to practice with a variety of gemstones and gemological instruments. The course is required to earn the GIA Graduate Gemologist or Graduate Colored Stones diploma via GIA Distance Education.

EARN THE Colored Stones Certificate

This course is self-paced with an 18-month maximum completion time.

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Diamonds & Diamond Grading

An in-depth look at diamonds, the diamond industry and the skills needed to grade diamonds.

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Diamonds & Diamond Grading

This course builds on what is taught in Diamond Essentials and covers the skills needed to grade the color, clarity and cut of diamonds. Subjects explored include determining proportions and estimating weight, the fundamentals of laboratory-grown diamond, treatments, and simulants and the effect of fluorescence on diamond body color. Other topics discussed include the role cut plays in the marketplace, the technical knowledge needed to make effective buying and selling decisions, and other segments of the diamond industry – dealing, cutting and manufacturing.

Ideal for: Gem and jewelry industry professionals wanting to improve their diamond grading skills and knowledge, diamond connoisseurs and diamond jewelry buyers. Combine with the GIA Diamond Grading Lab class to put these techniques to practice with actual diamonds and gemological instruments. The course is required to earn the GIA Graduate Gemologist or Graduate Diamonds diploma via GIA Distance Education.

EARN THE DIAMONDS & DIAMOND GRADING CERTIFICATE

This course is self-paced with a 15-month maximum completion time.

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Gem Identification

Practice the techniques to identify more than 60 species of gemstones.

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Practice identifying more than 60 species of gemstones, distinguishing natural from laboratory-grown gems and detecting gem treatments. You will carry out testing procedures and techniques on sets of practice stones. Additionally, the course covers how – and when – to use gemological laboratory services and how to use gem identification skills to protect your business from costly mistakes.

Ideal for: Retail professionals and others, such as gem buyers, in the gem and jewelry industry interested in working with colored gemstones. The course is required to earn the GIA Graduate Gemologist or Graduate Colored Stones diploma via GIA Distance Education.

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This course is self-paced with a 24-month maximum completion time.

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