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GIA Seminar on Evaluating Jewelry Quality

The process of examining a piece of jewelry under a microscope during a Jewelry Forensics seminar. Photo by Albert Salvato/GIA.

Jewelry Forensics seminar available in Carlsbad only

CARLSBAD, Calif. – June 24, 2019 – GIA presents a unique seminar that teaches the assessment of jewelry design and engineering to identify manufacturing methods, workmanship and risk of failure. Professionals will learn the 12-step forensic methodology process to evaluate how jewelry is made based on GIA’s Quality Assurance Benchmarks (QABs) for assessing workmanship. The two-and a half-day Jewelry Forensics seminar, led by experienced GIA instructors, offers hands-on exercises along with detailed education materials. For more information and to register, visit:
“The new Jewelry Forensics seminar has been really well received,” said Elizabeth Brehmer, GIA technical advisor of Jewelry Manufacturing Arts. “Participants leave with usable information and practical techniques for assessing the quality of new or vintage jewelry and how to effectively communicate their assessment of the jewelry’s engineering and workmanship.”
The Jewelry Forensics seminar will be offered at GIA’s world headquarters in Carlsbad, California. The first session will be held Aug. 5-7 followed by a session Oct. 21-23.
The seminar also covers the characteristics of precious metals and their compatibility with jewelry manufacturing. Seminar participants will receive a Jewelry Forensics guidebook including the 12-step process of evaluation, glossary of terms and a thumb drive with supplemental reference and jewelry case study information.
“This seminar offers a unique opportunity for jewelry professionals of all skill levels to identify how jewelry is made from the trace indicators that remain,” said Duncan Pay, GIA vice president and chief academic officer. “This new seminar is driven by our mission to ensure the public trust and provide the highest standards through education.”
In addition to the Jewelry Forensics seminar, GIA in Carlsbad is offering two lab classes on jewelry repair and setting. The Basic Repair and Setting Lab Class is available Aug. 12-26 and the Intermediate Repair and Setting Lab Class is available Aug. 19-23.

About GIA

An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight and, in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which is recognized around the world as the standard for diamond quality.
Through research, education, gemological laboratory services and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science and professionalism.