- 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).
The six months spent on campus at GIA has been my best experience to date. The Graduate Gemologist programme is informative and insightful and taught by instructors who create a positive environment for learning.
GIA Graduate Gemologist
GRADUATE GEMOLOGIST PROGRAM
The most prestigious credential in the industry, the GIA Graduate Gemologist program gives you the comprehensive knowledge of diamonds and colored stones you need to succeed anywhere in the jewelry business. You’ll gain both technical expertise and practical skills to evaluate gemstones by the 4Cs (color, clarity, cut, and carat weight), the International Diamond Grading System™, and the Colored Stone Grading System.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
- Develop in-depth, hands-on experience with the GIA’s International Diamond Grading System™ and the 4Cs (colour, clarity, cut, and carat weight), and learning how they affect diamond value
- Grade diamonds in the D-to-Z colour range consistently and accurately
- Learn diamond identification and grading skills
- Distinguish natural, treated, and synthetic gemstones using the GIA Colored Stone Grading System.
- Learn the characteristics of coloured stones, with a focus on ruby, sapphire, and emerald
- Identify characteristics, simulants, and treatments, and when advanced testing is required
- Study 60 species of gemstones use gemmological equipment (including a 10x loupe, microscope, polariscope, dichroscope, spectroscope) and procedures to grade and identify hundreds of gemstones
- Translate technical knowledge into valuable information for effective sales and excellent service
POSSIBLE CAREER PATHS
- Diamond Manufacturers
- Jewellery Manufacturer
- Loose Diamond / Coloured Stone Buyers and Sellers
- Jewellery Retailers and Wholesalers
- Lab and Research Professionals
- Any individual aspiring for a career in gems and jewellery industry
Here are some of the topics covered in the Graduate Gemologist diploma program.