Jewelry Forensics Seminar

Jewelry Forensics

Learn the skills needed by jewelry professionals to evaluate jewelry quality, and predict and prevent jewelry failure using GIA’s 12-step process for evaluation.

GIA’s Jewelry Forensics seminar will enable jewelry appraisers, retail staff and jewelry designers of all experience levels to better identify how pieces of jewelry are made. Through hands-on practice, you will learn to identify indicators of manufacturing processes to better assess jewelry quality. Participants will learn through lecture by GIA gem and jewelry experts, hands-on exercise, illustrations, images and video.


  • Factors that affect jewelry quality and predict jewelry failure, such as design and engineering
  • Precious metal characteristics and how they complement good design and engineering
  • Common manufacturing methods and the traces that identify them
  • Common jewelry terminology to communicate jewelry design, engineering and workmanship
  • GIA® Quality Assurance Benchmarks (QAB) and how they help to assess workmanship

Attendees receive a jewelry forensics guidebook and a thumb drive with supplemental information.


Each seminar session is two and half days to allow for extensive hands-on examination of jewelry specimens.

Day 1: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Day 2: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Day 3: 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


April 13-15
May 27-29
September 9-11

Location: GIA Campus in Carlsbad, CA – 5345 Armada Drive, Carlsbad CA, 92008




Please download and return the completed Seminar Application.


Dates and course content subject to change.