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GRADUATE COLORED STONES PROGRAM

Colombia 2005

The GIA Graduate Colored Stones diploma Program explores the identification of common and unusual gemstones found in the marketplace. Subjects covered include the GIA Colored Stone Grading System and the correct usage of standard gemmological equipment to distinguish natural, treated and synthetic gemstones. The programme also examines which gems are commercially important, shifting supply patterns, and how these factors affect gem prices and availability. This programme also includes the study of more than 60 species of gemstones, and how illumination techniques can facilitate the identification process.

THE GRADUATE COLORED STONES DIPLOMA COVERS

  • Building a knowledge base about coloured stones and the coloured stone market
  • Using gemmological equipment effectively to identify gemstones
  • Explaining the GIA Colored Stone Grading System and evaluating gemstone quality
  • Recognising how quality, rarity and colour affect value
  • Determining how market factors affect gem value

POSSIBLE CAREER PATHS

  • Appraiser
  • Coloured Stone Manufacturers
  • Jewellery Manufacturer
  • Loose Coloured Stone Buyers and Sellers
  • Jewellery Retailers and Wholesalers
  • Lab and Research Professionals
  • Jewellery Buyer
  • Auction House Jewellery Specialist
  • Estate Jewellery Dealer
  • Pawnbroker
  • Any individual aspiring for a career in the gem and jewellery industry

TOPICS COVERED

Here are key topics covered in the Graduate Colored Stones Diploma Program.

COLORED STONES & COLORED STONE GRADING
COLORED STONES &
COLORED STONE GRADING

Learn the characteristics
of coloured stones, with
a focus on ruby,
sapphire and emerald.
GEM IDENTIFICATION
GEM
IDENTIFICATION

Identify more than 60
species of gemstones,
distinguish natural gems
from synthetics, and
detect gem treatments.
EQUIPMENT & INSTRUMENTATION
EQUIPMENT &
INSTRUMENTATION

Learn coloured
stone identification
skills GIA graders use.
TREATMENTS, SYNTHETICS & IMITATIONS
TREATMENTS,
SYNTHETICS & IMITATIONS

Identify gemstones
that have been treated
or are imitations.
MARKETS &
SUPPLY CHAINS

Understand how market
factors and the supply
chain affect value.

ALUMNI SPEAK

ABOUT GIA

Established in 1931, GIA protects the public through gemmological research, education, impartial gem identification and grading services, and instrument development. The world’s foremost authority in gemmology and creator of the 4Cs, GIA sets the standard for determining the quality of diamonds and performs research-based identification of coloured gems and pearls. All of GIA's activities are governed by its mission to serve the public. Learn more.

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