Created through a technological process rather than geological, gem-quality laboratory-grown diamonds have become readily available in the retail gem market. Many customers have questions about these gems including how they compare to natural diamonds and how they are made.
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.
Participants are encouraged to ask questions as they are guided by GIA gemology instructors who will share their expertise through illustrations, images, video and live demonstrations of the characteristics of production methods and testing tools.
Each online seminar is two hours.
New dates may be added throughout the year. The number of attendees will be limited to ensure the best experience possible.
- March 31, 2021 – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Pacific Time); Instructors: Shelly Verwymeren and Nina Spanos
- May 6, 2021 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Pacific Time); Instructors: Shelly Verwymeren and Kate Waterman
- June 30, 2021 – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Pacific Time)
This live seminar will be delivered through an online learning platform.
$195 USD (GIA Alumni receive a 10% discount)
form. You will be provided information about how to access the platform after your registration is confirmed.Please complete the online registration
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).
Course content, instructors and schedules are subject to change.
Thank you for your interest in the GIA Jewelry Forensics Seminar. A seminar representative will contact you within two business days.