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Alumni Speak Read More
GIA is one of the most prestigious Institutes for studying jewellery design. I had the best experience of my life, studying jewellery design in India with GIA. Thank you GIA for this unforgettable journey.
Taking the Jewelry Design course from GIA was a wonderful experience for me. My instructor was perfect, helping and encouraging me at all points, so that it was an easy step to enhance my learning curve.
I am fresher in this industry and through my Jewelry Design course at GIA, I was able to enhance the skills and abilities needed in order to start a successful career.I have learnt a lot and GIA is a great place to start a caree
It was an excellent experience at GIA, as I started from the base and learnt the glittering world of diamonds in just seven weeks. GIA’s learning environment is excellent - a modern facility that is fully equipped with gemological instruments and most importantly, very knowledgeable instructors. Now that I’ve completed the GIA Graduate Diamonds programme, I am confident that I will be able to make a contribution to my family’s retail jewellery business with much more knowledge and precision.
I am in the jewellery industry past 5 years, and earning my diploma from GIA was a fascinating journey that I will always cherish.Today, I am more knowledgeable and prepared to handle my customer’s queries with confidence. Thank you GIA for the quality education you have given me.
It was a remarkable experience to earn my diploma from the Harvard of the gems & jewellery Industry. From the brand new expanded campus with Wi-Fi, a gemmological library & instruments to the personalised attention by the Instructors, I recommend GIA for all who want an incredible start in the jewellery industry.
My family business in the cashew trading, but I am looking to build a career in the jewellery industry. I wanted to learn about diamonds because it’s a very scarce product and the foundation for most fine jewellery sold around the world. I did my research and found GIA to have the best reputation for teaching. I am really glad I decided to enrol. In a short span of 7 weeks, GIA has helped me develop my knowledge in diamonds with detailed understanding of technical concepts. This programme really helped me to enhance my confidence and create a concrete base for my career.
I wanted to learn & understand the technical aspects of the diamonds in bigger sizes, and so enrolled in the GIA Graduate Diamonds programme. It was a wonderful experience and thank you GIA for the quality education you have given me.
My purpose of doing this course was to learn about the trade and synthetic diamonds. I feel I have relived my school life, and at the same time achieved detailed knowledge on diamonds from the experts. Thank you GIA for giving me the confidence to succeed in any market around the world.
The GIA Graduate Diamonds programme is an excellent course and the Instructors are really helpful. I would highly recommend my friends to enrol in GIA’s diploma programmes.
Diamonds have always fascinated me and inspired me to make a career in this industry. I was very confused while selecting a right course, but the advisors I met during the campus tour guided me thoroughly. I decided to enrol in the Graduate Diamonds Diploma programme and GIA opened my eyes by to the in depth world of diamonds. Now that I’ve completed my education, I will confidently use my knowledge as I join the ranks in the gem and jewellery industry.
I chose GIA in India because of India’s significant importance in the global diamond industry. I loved every minute of my diploma programme as I received incredible knowledge and I am very enthusiastic to go back and tell my friends that I am a GIA graduate.
I chose GIA to earn my professional diploma because my family has been in the jewellery business for the last 50 years. I am born and brought up in Dubai, but I came to study in India because I wanted to be closer to the Indian jewellery market. Studying at GIA’s Mumbai campus was a great learning experience.
I come from a jewelry business background and I am currently looking into business development. I did not have prior experience in jewelry design, so GIA’s course was a natural step to enhance my learning curve. GIA taught me how to visualize and render all types of jewelry, from rings to pendants, and even larger sets. Learning how to render taught me how to make the entire piece come alive. It’s a very useful skill because it aids me to convey the correct message to ‘karigars’, who are the ones that eventually convert my designs into a piece of fine jewelry. My instructor was helpful and she ensured that I had a great experience. This course has given me the knowledge that I require to design my own jewelry line, and it will help me to bring freshness to the designs of my company
GIA’s Diamond Grading Lab Class was indeed a great learning experience for me. Every aspect of diamond (grade, cut, polish and symmetry) was taught in the class. My instructor helped me understand the concepts clearly and all my queries were very well answered. I am glad that I got this wonderful opportunity.
It was a very enriching experience with a perfect instructor who was motivating and helpful and also encouraging at all points. I had amazing batch mates who were talented in their own way, diverse and I got to learn a lot. All our queries were resolved and we were taught how incorporate a design in the best possible way. People who are really willing or looking forward to learn jewellery designing should definitely enroll with GIA and be rest assured that you will be given the best.
GIA’s Diamond Grading Lab Class was a great learning experience for me. I am a fresher in this field, and the course has inspired me to make a career in this industry. It truly has been an enriching experience.
GIA’s hands on training with a wide variety of diamonds have helped me fine-tune my technical knowledge and skills about diamonds. Whether I am negotiating prices for the buying or selling of diamonds, I can now run my business better.”
My GIA experience was outstanding and life changing. In addition to grading skills, I’ve learned to understand the jewellery business from a global and holistic perspective. I will cherish this experience forever and will recommend it to all of my friends looking for a career in the industry”
My husband was setting up a diamond business and I wanted to contribute to it. I needed to learn as much as I could about diamonds in a short span of time. Naturally, I turned to the best educator in the industry – GIA. I learned more in the one week Diamond Grading Lab Class than I would have with a year’s experience. Today, I am much more informed and can contribute positively to the business.”
GIA’s education programs emphasise theoretical as well as practical training. The education I received was very comprehensive, covering a vast array of relevant topics. What I learned was equally helpful for fresher as well as experienced professionals.”
My GIA training has given me the confidence to establish my business successfully. I recommend GIA to all those who want a flying start in the gem and jewellery industry.
GIA’s training has helped me gain practical insights about diamonds and has boosted my self-confidence. Before, I had to blindly trust or depend on my diamond suppliers. Now, I can handle customer queries confidently and negotiate with my vendors more smartly.“
Having experienced it myself, I can say that a GIA education is the best in the world. Today, I am very confident in conducting my business. The small class sizes fostered individual attention and the practical nature of the course gave me the chance to work with a variety of real diamonds. This has expanded my knowledge about diamonds and given me the tools to understand customer requirements better. I definitely recommend GIA.”
Coming from jewellery industry, learning about diamonds was a natural choice. GIA’s Graduate Diamonds programme and GIA’s approach to teaching widened the horizon of my knowledge. GIA helped me to understand the entire spectrum of diamonds and how to use my knowledge skillfully.”
The Jewelry Design course at GIA has made me confident about myself and my designs. The course helped me enhance my creativity by providing a friendly and encouraging teaching environment. The enameling session in the course was great and has made me more interested in this particular topic.
Learning experience at GIA truly adds a lot of value to you as a professional. Gemmology is a technical subject and it is important to get hands-on training. The GIA instructors ensure personalised attention to make learning a memorable experience.
GIA’s Graduate Diamonds programme helped me realize the true value of a diamond. As a trader, I used to buy GIA graded diamonds, but never fully understood the basics of grading. So I came to GIA, and what I learned here will be cherished forever.
The Jewelry design course has influenced me to develop my future in jewellery designing. The enamelling session was really interesting; we got to learn a lot more in detail. The designs made by Kriti motivated me to try out new designs.
GIA is the premiere institute in this field. This programme really helped me to enhance my confidence and create a concrete base for my career. The dedication of the instructors gave me detailed understanding of technical concepts. I look forward to enrolling in one more course at GIA.”
GIA’s Graduate Diamonds programme completely changed my view toward diamonds. The fact that GIA is a world class institute, renowned for its consistency attracted me to the programme. Learning the 4Cs along with the other aspects of diamonds has given me the confidence to succeed in any market around the world.
Earning my Graduate Gemologist diploma from GIA was a fascinating journey that I will always cherish. My father and my ancestors have been in the jewellery industry for decades, and this passion runs in my blood, too. GIA opened my eyes by providing me an in depth introduction to the world of diamonds and gemstones. Now that I’ve completed my education at GIA, I am confident that I will be able to make a contribution to my father’s business and someday open my own jewellery boutique.
Although my father owns a chain of jewellery retail outlets, I didn’t feel my knowledge of the industry was sufficient. Now that I have completed my education at GIA, I am a confident gemologist who can now be an essential part of the family business. GIA has helped develop my knowledge in diamonds and colored gemstones by providing the theoretical and practical training I needed before taking my place in the industry.
My family business is in the steel industry, so I did not grow up around diamonds and gemstones, which is where my passion lies. I wanted to learn from the best institute in the world, and knowing that GIA has been conducting gemological research for more than 80 years, I knew that was where I wanted to study. Today I can proudly say that I am a gemologist, which was made possible from the knowledge GIA has implanted in me. GIA provided the perfect environment to study - a modern facility that was fully equipped with gemological instruments and most important, very knowledgeable instructors. The factory visits in Surat and Thailand were an eye-opener as we could see and apply the learnings practically at the markets and met professional and experienced people from there.
I am a jewellery designer and a manufacturer from Cape Town, South Africa. If a person is serious about working in the jewellery industry, GIA’s Graduate Gemologist diploma programme is truly an amazing start. As a designer, it is very important to know the materials one is working with, especially the gemstones, to create a pendant, ring, or any jewellery. At GIA, I had the opportunity to learn and practice on an immense variety of gemstones and distinguish between a natural and synthetic stone., Today, I am more knowledgeable and confident about diamonds, colored stones, and pearls. Thank you GIA for the quality education you have given me.
My family background is not in gems and jewellery, so I always thought that every green stone is an emerald, that every red stone is a ruby and that all blue stones are sapphires. After coming to GIA, I learnt that there are so many stones to know and learn about. GIA has been a superb experience, and what I have learnt from GIA is so much more than what I imagined. I will confidently use my knowledge as I join the ranks in the gem and jewellery industry.
GIA's Jewelry Design Course was very intense, thus, resulting in useful and immense learnings. Course standards are very high and have exceeded all my expectations. Not only did I learn the art of designing jewellery, but about the markets in various countries, as well.
Earning my professional credentials at GIA has helped me understand my business and customers better. It has given me the confidence to handle customer queries and make more informed buying and selling decisions. I also know that the trust and satisfaction my customer's have in me and my business has increased.
For people like me who are busy with their business and are unable to take the 7-week Graduate Diamonds Diploma Program at a GIA location, the accelerated program through Distance Education allows for a convenient way to enhance your knowledge on diamonds without comprising on work.
Attending GIA has built up my confidence. I had the opportunity to make friends with people who are already in the industry and those who are just starting out. Thank you GIA for this awesome learning experience.
Upon completing the Diamond Grading Lab Class, I walked out with confidence, having detailed knowledge about diamonds. I see a lot of opportunities for me now to work and I thank GIA for this invaluable experience.
After pursuing my Graduate Gemologist diploma program from GIA, I further enrolled in the Jewelry Design course. As a previous GIA student, I knew that the learning would be in-depth and the instructor top-notch. Thank you GIA for once again helping me on my creative path.
INDUSTRY SPEAK Read More
I believe that GIA has invested heavily over the last several decades in developing curriculums that are well suited for sales people. What we need in this country is the thousands of sales people across the country need to be exposed to this learning. We believe that there is enough competence amongst the people at GIA in India, who can reach out to people in their local languages translating accurately the curriculum of GIA.
As GIA alumni, we feel well educated. I would always like to get more people educated in the same way. So, alumni can be a very good tool whereby they can pass on their learnings to the newcomers. My first advice to them is to get a short-term course from GIA, measure their field of interest, then go for the long-term courses and join the businesses. We need to keep abreast with the ongoing changes, technical and advancements, in the field of gemmology and I think, there is nobody better than GIA.
My association with GIA goes to 1972 when, as a student of Business Administration in USA, I decided to do my GIA courses as well. To the diamond industry, GIA phenomenon is a wonderful thing which happened. Jewellery industry in North India has always been very keen participants in GIA programs. The seminars, which GIA did, were excellent. The 4Cs given by GIA have come a long way. It's a full circle and I wish all the best to GIA. Ever since GIA has come to Mumbai, it has been doing an excellent job in teaching the basics of jewellery, gemstones, which is the most required thing for the modern jeweller. Grading of diamonds is important which GIA did but educating retailers, sales persons and public in general is more important. Unless the public knows about gems and jewellery they cannot demand something better, something which is of high standards and that’s what GIA stands for.
It’s been a 1908 company. I’m the fourth generation as of today. I was a kid, when I started and entered the diamond industry, my father sent me to mines, to factories, which used to manufacture diamonds. My fifth generation, which is coming in should be well cushioned as of today. I want them to be learning right from the site holders from the place and then the final finished touch by the GIA brand as a gemologist. Remembering my generation, all what we went through, we used to send stones to America, to get them certified by GIA, wait from them to come back and please our customers with it. Today I feel very proud of my country that GIA has welcomed them, GIA being the great foundation for our industry because as of today the world’s 75% diamonds are cut, grind or from India. I took my son to GIA Institute and we were welcomed so whole-heartedly. And of course the whole team, Apoorva, Ms Bhatt and the educational head, he was very kind enough to guide me the right way and give me the appropriate time and explain me step by step-step, in which level the child can be so I thought that they are better parents than me, if they have to enter the diamond industry. So here I am and for me I would be a proud father, I and my child having the label of a GIA gemologist.
"GIA has been the best talent pool for us and we have always been supported with great young talented designers from them. Their quality and consistency has been amazing and we value their creativity".