Continuing Education

Developed by our experts and designed for gem and jewelry professionals, Continuing Education seminars from the GIA Alumni Association deliver in-demand knowledge you can use on a variety of topics important to our industry.

These seminars demonstrate our commitment to life-long learning opportunities for GIA graduates, but being a graduate is not required. GIA Alumni are eligible for a discount on most continuing education offerings.

Seminars cover a range of topics, including diamonds, colored stones, jewelry and more. Explore your options below.

Continuing education offerings by the GIA Alumni Association™ are considered avocational or recreational in nature and are not intended to prepare individuals for entry-level employment. They are non-credit bearing and do not lead to a GIA academic credential. They are not eligible for state or federal student financial aid programs and do not fall under the approval of the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) or the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).

Diamonds

Overview of Laboratory-Grown Diamonds

Essential information for buyers and sellers of laboratory-grown diamonds.

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Diamonds

Overview of Laboratory-Grown Diamonds

Live Online | 2 Hours

This seminar will provide essential knowledge about laboratory-grown diamonds that will give gem and jewelry professionals the confidence to have responsible discussions with their customers. Key topics will include the main production methods (HPHT and CVD), a review of important U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulations, and the services, methods and instruments that can help to distinguish laboratory-grown and natural diamonds, including GIA Laboratory Reports and the GIA iD100™ gem testing device.

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Ideal for:
Gem and Jewelry Sales Professionals, Jewelers, Gem Enthusiasts

Cost:
$195 USD (GIA Alumni receive a 10% discount)

Dates:

  • June 30, 2021; 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Pacific Time
  • Aug 13, 2021; 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Pacific Time

Continuing education offerings by the GIA Alumni Association™ are considered avocational or recreational in nature and are not intended to prepare individuals for entry-level employment. They are non-credit bearing and do not lead to a GIA academic credential. They are not eligible for state or federal student financial aid programs and do not fall under the approval of the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) or the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).

Overview of Laboratory-Grown Diamonds

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Advanced Laboratory-Grown Diamond

Learn the latest techniques to identify laboratory-grown diamonds. 

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Diamonds

Advanced Laboratory-Grown Diamond

Live Online | 2 Days | Gemological Background Recommended

This two-day seminar builds on GIA’s more than 60 years of scientific research into natural, treated and laboratory-grown diamonds and 90 years of GIA’s industry-leading gemological education programs. Participants will gain in-depth knowledge of advanced diamond identification techniques, including an up-close examination of current production of laboratory-grown diamonds and the latest detection technology. 

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Ideal for:
Research Professionals, Gem and Jewelry Business Owners

Cost:
$995 USD (GIA Alumni receive a 10% discount)

Dates:

  • Jun 23-24, 2021; 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. HKT (Hong Kong) / Jun 22-23, 2021; 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. Pacific Time
  • July 21-22. 2021; 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Pacific Time
  • Oct 6-7, 2021; 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Pacific Time

Continuing education offerings by the GIA Alumni Association™ are considered avocational or recreational in nature and are not intended to prepare individuals for entry-level employment. They are non-credit bearing and do not lead to a GIA academic credential. They are not eligible for state or federal student financial aid programs and do not fall under the approval of the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) or the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).

Advanced Laboratory-Grown Diamond

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Colored Stones & Pearls

Person holding handful of gold south sea pearls in left hand and one pearl in right hand.

The 7 Value Factors of Pearls
 

Essential knowledge for evaluating the quality of pearls.

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The 7 Value Factors of Pearls

Live Online | 2 Hours

This seminar will provide an in-depth look at the GIA 7 Pearl Value Factors™ and how gem and jewelry professionals can apply this evaluation system in their daily dealing with pearls. These criteria were developed by GIA over a 60-year period of ground-breaking research on pearls, and used by experts when evaluating pearls in the laboratory.

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Ideal for:
Gemologists, Sales Associates, Jewelry Buyers, Pearl Investors and Enthusiasts

Cost:
$195 USD (GIA Alumni receive a 10% discount)

Dates:

  • Jun 25, 2021; 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Pacific Time
  • Oct 1, 2021; 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Pacific Time

Continuing education offerings by the GIA Alumni Association™ are considered avocational or recreational in nature and are not intended to prepare individuals for entry-level employment. They are non-credit bearing and do not lead to a GIA academic credential. They are not eligible for state or federal student financial aid programs and do not fall under the approval of the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) or the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).

The 7 Value Factors of Pearls

Person holding handful of gold south sea pearls in left hand and one pearl in right hand.

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Advanced Colored Stones Country of Origin

Learn the methods and limitations of country of origin determination for a variety of popular colored gemstones.

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Colored Stones

Advanced Colored Stones Country of Origin

Live Online | 2 Days

This two-day live online seminar will provide a comprehensive and in-depth discussion of country of origin determination for many colored gems including ruby, sapphire, emerald, spinel and alexandrite.

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Ideal for:
Research Professionals, Gem and Jewelry Business Owners

Cost:
$995 USD (GIA Alumni receive a 10% discount)

Dates:

  • Jun 16-17, 2021; 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Pacific Time

  • Sept 8-9, 2021; 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Pacific Time

  • Nov 9-10, 2021; 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Pacific Time

Continuing education offerings by the GIA Alumni Association™ are considered avocational or recreational in nature and are not intended to prepare individuals for entry-level employment. They are non-credit bearing and do not lead to a GIA academic credential. They are not eligible for state or federal student financial aid programs and do not fall under the approval of the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) or the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).

Advanced Colored Stones Country of Origin

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A blow pipe burner sitting on the ground heat treating a pink sapphire over an open flame.

Low Temperature Heat Treatment

Learn the methods used to identify low temperature-heated gems.

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Colored Stones

Low Temperature Heat Treatment

Live Online | 2 Hours

Low temperature heat treatment of certain kinds of corundum has been a major concern to the industry in the past several years. This two-hour seminar will focus on how GIA Research develops more reliable ways to identify low temperature-heated stones from stones that have not been treated.

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Ideal for:
Research Professionals, Gem and Jewelry Business Owners and Sales Professionals; Gem Enthusiasts

Cost:
$195 USD (GIA Alumni receive a 10% discount)

Dates:

  • July 16, 2021; 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Pacific Time

Continuing education offerings by the GIA Alumni Association™ are considered avocational or recreational in nature and are not intended to prepare individuals for entry-level employment. They are non-credit bearing and do not lead to a GIA academic credential. They are not eligible for state or federal student financial aid programs and do not fall under the approval of the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) or the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).

Low Temperature Heat Treatment

A blow pipe burner sitting on the ground heat treating a pink sapphire over an open flame.

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Garnet Quality Factors

Introduction to Colored Stones

Essential knowledge for buying and selling colored gemstones.

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Colored Stones

Introduction to Colored Stones

Live Online | 2 Hours

The popularity of colored gemstones continues to grow. This seminar will introduce the core concepts that buyers and sellers of these gems should know to have informed discussions with their customers, including how to identify and explain the key attributes of colored gems, the factors that determine a gem’s value, common treatments applied to gems and how to translate characteristics into compelling features and benefits.

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Ideal for:
Sales Associates, Colored Gemstone Investors, Gem Enthusiasts

Cost:
$195 USD (GIA Alumni receive a 10% discount)

Dates:

  • Sept 21, 2021; 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Pacific Time

Continuing education offerings by the GIA Alumni Association™ are considered avocational or recreational in nature and are not intended to prepare individuals for entry-level employment. They are non-credit bearing and do not lead to a GIA academic credential. They are not eligible for state or federal student financial aid programs and do not fall under the approval of the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) or the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).

Introduction to Colored Stones

Garnet Quality Factors

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Emerald: Country of Origin Determination

Learn how to determine an emerald’s source and how source affects value.

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Colored Stones

Emerald: Country of Origin Determination

Live Online | 2 Hours

This seminar will introduce the main emerald sources around the globe, their status in the market, and the methods the GIA Laboratory applies to determine emerald country of origin, including identifying inclusion scenes, trace element profiling and spectroscopic analyses.

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Ideal for:
Sales Associates, Retailers, Investors and Collectors, Gemologists, Researchers

Cost:
$195 USD (GIA Alumni receive a 10% discount)

Dates:

  • July 20, 2021; 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Pacific Time

Continuing education offerings by the GIA Alumni Association™ are considered avocational or recreational in nature and are not intended to prepare individuals for entry-level employment. They are non-credit bearing and do not lead to a GIA academic credential. They are not eligible for state or federal student financial aid programs and do not fall under the approval of the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) or the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).

Emerald: Country of Origin Determination

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Ruby: Country of Origin Determination

Learn how to determine a ruby’s source and how source affects value.

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Colored Stones

Ruby: Country of Origin Determination

Live Online | 2 Hours

This seminar will introduce the main sources of ruby around the globe, their status in the market, and the methods the GIA Laboratory applies to determine ruby country of origin, including the utilization of traceable sample collections and advanced testing techniques in combination with decades of accumulated experience from gemologists and researchers.

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Ideal for:
Sales Associates, Retailers, Investors and Collectors, Gemologists, Researchers

Cost:
$195 USD (GIA Alumni receive a 10% discount)

Dates:

  • July 6, 2021; 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Pacific Time

Continuing education offerings by the GIA Alumni Association™ are considered avocational or recreational in nature and are not intended to prepare individuals for entry-level employment. They are non-credit bearing and do not lead to a GIA academic credential. They are not eligible for state or federal student financial aid programs and do not fall under the approval of the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) or the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).

Ruby: Country of Origin Determination

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Sapphire: Country of Origin Determination

Learn how to determine a sapphire’s source and how source affects value.

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Colored Stones

Sapphire: Country of Origin Determination

Live Online | 2 Hours

This seminar will introduce the main sources of sapphire around the globe, their status in the market, and the methods the GIA Laboratory applies to determine sapphire country of origin, including identifying inclusion scenes, trace element profiling and spectroscopic analyses.

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Ideal for:
Sales Associates, Retailers, Investors and Collectors, Gemologists, Researchers

Cost:
$195 USD (GIA Alumni receive a 10% discount)

Dates:

  • July 13, 2021; 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Pacific Time

Continuing education offerings by the GIA Alumni Association™ are considered avocational or recreational in nature and are not intended to prepare individuals for entry-level employment. They are non-credit bearing and do not lead to a GIA academic credential. They are not eligible for state or federal student financial aid programs and do not fall under the approval of the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) or the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).

Sapphire: Country of Origin Determination

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Jewelry

Jewelry Forensics

Jewelry Forensics
 

Learn to evaluate the quality of fine jewelry using GIA’s step-by-step process.

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Jewelry

Jewelry Forensics

Live Online | 2 Days

Participants will learn through lecture by GIA gem and jewelry experts, illustrations, images and video and live demonstrations that let you see exactly what our experts see as they examine jewelry under a microscope. Attendees can interact with the instructor during the seminar, and will receive a digital jewelry forensics guidebook and other useful reference material.

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Ideal for:
Appraisers, Retail Jewelry Intake Specialists, Bench Jewelers, Jewelry Designers and Jewelry Enthusiasts

Cost:
$995 USD (GIA Alumni receive a 10% discount)

Dates:

  • Aug 4-5, 2021; 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Pacific Time

  • Oct 26-27, 2021; 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Pacific Time

Continuing education offerings by the GIA Alumni Association™ are considered avocational or recreational in nature and are not intended to prepare individuals for entry-level employment. They are non-credit bearing and do not lead to a GIA academic credential. They are not eligible for state or federal student financial aid programs and do not fall under the approval of the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) or the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).

Jewelry Forensics

Jewelry Forensics

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Introduction to Repair and Setting

Learn essential bench jewelry skills including ring sizing, stone setting and more.

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Jewelry

Introduction to Repair and Setting

Carlsbad Campus | 5 Days 
Through hands-on training at your own fully-equipped workbench and under the watchful eye of an experienced bench jeweler, you’ll learn how to set basic four and six-prong settings with round stones, size rings, tighten stones, assemble and solder settings and shanks, work with sterling silver and karat golds, recognize and evaluate quality craftsmanship using GIA’s Quality Assurance Benchmarks and more.

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Ideal for:
Bench Jewelers, Jewelry Enthusiasts, Jewelry Designers, Retail Jewelry Intake Specialists

Cost:
$1,573.91 USD

Dates:

  • ​September 20-24, 2021; 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Pacific Time

Continuing education offerings by the GIA Alumni Association™ are considered avocational or recreational in nature and are not intended to prepare individuals for entry-level employment. They are non-credit bearing and do not lead to a GIA academic credential. They are not eligible for state or federal student financial aid programs and do not fall under the approval of the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) or the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).

Introduction to Repair and Setting

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Additional Offerings

Photomicrograph of black manganese oxide “plumes” in an Australian opal

Photomicrography
 

An overview of techniques and tips to document the micro-features of gemstones.

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Photomicrography

Live Online | 2 Hours

Microscopy is one of the most valuable tools available to a gemologist to aid in documenting micro-features that can be critical to many sectors of the gem industry, including identification and appraisals. With advancements in digital technology and smartphone cameras, it has never been easier for the gemologist to take high quality photomicrographs to document gemstones. This two-hour seminar offers some basic techniques and tips on lighting control and application of digital photomicrography to get the most out of documenting microscopic features in gems.

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Ideal for:
Researchers, Gem and Photo Enthusiasts

Cost:
$195 USD (GIA Alumni receive a 10% discount)

Dates:

  • Sept 22, 2021; 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Pacific Time

Continuing education offerings by the GIA Alumni Association™ are considered avocational or recreational in nature and are not intended to prepare individuals for entry-level employment. They are non-credit bearing and do not lead to a GIA academic credential. They are not eligible for state or federal student financial aid programs and do not fall under the approval of the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) or the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).

Photomicrography

Photomicrograph of black manganese oxide “plumes” in an Australian opal

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Continuing Education Recognition Program

The latest gemological knowledge, research and trends exclusively for graduates of the GIA Graduate Gemologist® program.

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Additional Offerings

Continuing Education Recognition Program

Complete 8 Modules Yearly | Study at Your Own Pace

Stay current with access to the latest knowledge, research and trends in the gem and jewelry industry, including access to GIA course materials. Complete all eight modules by December 31, 2021 in order to receive your Continuing Education Recognition Program participation acknowledgment.

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Ideal for:
GIA Graduate Gemologists or GIA Gemologists

Cost:
$230 USD
 

Continuing Education Recognition Program

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