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ABOUT GIA

  • Established in 1931, GIA is considered the world’s foremost authority in gemmology. Present in 13 countries, with 10 campuses, 4 research centres, and 9 grading laboratories grading the world’s most important gemstones.
  • GIA is a nonprofit institution dedicated to continuous education and research in the field of gems and jewellery.
  • GIA’s mission is to ensure public trust in gem and jewellery by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism.
  • GIA created global standards to accurately determine the quality of diamonds (4Cs – Colour, Clarity, Cut, and Carat Weight), coloured stones and pearls (7 Pearl Value Factors™ - Size, Shape, Colour, Nacre, Lustre, Surface, and Matching).



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GRADUATE DIAMONDS PROGRAM

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GIA invented the science of grading diamonds with the 4Cs and the International Diamond Grading System™ - standards used by jewelry professional around the world. So there’s no better place to study the art and science of diamond grading.

The Graduate Diamonds Diploma Program examines the technical expertise needed to grade, buy, sell diamonds with the insight of a seasoned professional.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

  • Develop hands-on experience with the GIA International Diamond Grading SystemTMand the 4Cs (color, clarity, cut, and carat weight), and explore how they affect diamond value
  • Grade diamonds in the D-to-Z color range
  • Detect diamond synthetics, treatments, and simulants
  • Recognize when advanced testing is required
  • Speak the language of diamonds confidently to customers, suppliers, and vendors

POSSIBLE CAREER PATHS

  • Auction House Jewelry Specialist
  • Diamond Buyer
  • Diamond Sorter / Grader
  • Jewelry Business Owner
  • Retailer
  • Wholesaler

TOPICS COVERED

Here are some of the topics covered in the Graduate Diamonds diploma program.


DIAMONDS AND
DIAMOND GRADING

Judge and grade
diamonds by the 4Cs
and color.
EQUIPMENT &
INSTRUMENTATION

Learn diamond
identification and grading
skills GIA graders use.
TREATMENTS,
SYNTHETICS & IMITATIONS

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

Understand how market
factors and the supply
chain affect value.

CAMPUS TOUR

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