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“Before coming to GIA, I was clueless as what to expect from the course as I am not from this field. I chose GIA to learn more about the gem and jewellery industry. After completion of this programme, I feel confident with the insights I gained from it. I am thankful to the entire team of GIA’s campus in Mumbai for the support and guidance.”
“My family owns a jewellery business in Dubai, so I wanted a different exposure in the same field. I wanted to master my experience in diamonds and found that GIA was one of the prestigious institutes to further enhance my skills. Enrolling with GIA gave me access to great instructors that helped me with theoretical and practical knowledge of the subject. Earning a GIA credential of Graduate Gemologist was a proud moment for me, made possible with all due support and guidance received from GIA and their instructors.”
“My family is in the real estate and polyester businesses. I am a fresher in the industry, but my passion for jewellery, especially diamonds, made me enrol at GIA. GIA is a globally reputed institute and I knew it would be the right place to gain knowledge on diamonds. My experience was phenomenal and I received great support from the instructor.”
“I enroled at GIA to get a basic understanding of jewellery designing. Post completion of this course, I have gained a much more advanced understanding on how to translate my ideas onto paper. Throughout the course, the instructor was very supportive and taught us about the detailing required for rendering. With this course, I am now equipped with the knowledge for a great start in the industry.”
“The reason I came to GIA was to gain technical, in-depth knowledge on diamonds and am very thankful to the Institute. GIA has not only taught me about 4Cs of diamonds, but also instilled a fifth C in me – confidence. After completion of this programme, I developed more fascination for diamonds and made me confident enough to face the industry.”
“My family owns a retail business in New Delhi. I came to GIA because it is the foremost authority in gemmology, so who else to learn from if not the leaders of the industry? My expectations were met and I got to learn a lot. I’m really thankful to GIA.”
“As my family is in the wholesale jewellery business, my motive to join GIA was to learn about diamonds. Today, I am a proud diploma holder of the GIA Graduate Diamonds Diploma and I feel contended with the knowledge, guidance and support provided by GIA’s instructors.”
“My fascination for coloured stones inspired me to enrol for the GIA Graduate Colored Stones Diploma Program. And since I have already completed my Graduate Diamonds diploma programme, I now it have my GIA Graduate Gemologist diploma – it feels great. My experience was amazing and I don’t think any other institute can help you gain knowledge about so many stones in such a short period.”
“I am in the business of customised diamond jewellery. I learnt through my colleagues that GIA is a reputed name in the industry for grading and gemstone identification and that’s why I opted for the Institute. I completed GIA’s Graduate Gemologist Diploma Program and it has changed my outlook towards gemstones. I gained a lot of knowledge on diamonds and coloured stones and feel confident of building a successful career in the industry.”
“My family is in diamond manufacturing and GIA was my first choice. Initially, I was clueless about diamonds, but after completing GIA’s Graduate Diamonds Diploma Program, I feel extremely confident.”
“My family is in the business of diamond trading. I joined my family business and within three months, I was encouraged to earn my GIA diploma. I was clueless when I first started, but now I feel content after completing the GIA Graduate Diamonds Diploma Program as it helped me gain a lot of knowledge and insights. I had a great experience with GIA and I believe it is truly a great Institute to prepare oneself for growth in the industry.”
“We manufacture diamond jewellery with a good retail clientele across the country. The reason for choosing GIA for my education is that the Institute offers the industry’s best knowledge on diamonds. Being self-taught is good, but a professional education on diamonds from GIA will help me scale my business.”
“I chose GIA’s Graduate Diamonds Program to get more in-depth understanding on diamonds and how the industry works. The technical knowledge that I have received from this programme is immensely helpful. This experience has motivated me to create new opportunities for myself in the industry.”
“My family business is natural pearls and diamonds. I am privileged and honoured to be part of the GIA Graduate Diamonds Program and it has been an enriching experience. I wanted to gain accurate knowledge and chose GIA, the foremost authority in gemmology, for this reason. GIA provided a very conducive atmosphere with global standards and ethics. An understanding of GIA’s grading system is one of the best takeaways from this programme which will help me throughout my career.”
“My family runs a construction business. My fascination towards coloured gemstones attracted me to GIA’s wonderful Graduate Gemologist Diploma Program. To take your first step into the gem and jewellery industry, GIA is the place.”
“I am a Mechanical Engineer, but my passion for jewellery brought me to GIA’s Graduate Gemologist Program. It was a delightful experience to learn about different varieties of coloured stones. Being an engineer, I took advantage in understanding technical properties of diamonds as well as the industrial use of diamonds. The instructor and equipment helped create a great learning environment.”
“The GIA Graduate Diamonds Diploma Program gave me great deal of information on diamonds. With great support from the instructor, I believe this programme has helped increase my knowledge and confidence.”
“My family business is in diamonds, so I enrolled for the GIA Graduate Diamonds Diploma Program to learn even more. My experience was wonderful as GIA provided great instructor support and in-depth knowledge about diamonds that I was unaware of.”
“My family runs a diamond business in Mumbai. My family is my motivation to get enroled for this programme. The GIA Graduate Diamonds Diploma Program has helped me acquire great insights about diamonds and build my confidence.”
“Being a self-learnt entrepreneur, I was quite sure that I knew everything about the industry. But, the desire to learn more compelled me to study at GIA and the experience was superlative. I would recommend entrepreneurs across the country to opt for this programme, gain knowledge and become a GIA Diamonds Graduate.”
“My family business is plain gold and cubic zirconia (CZ) studded jewellery. My vision for the future is to start manufacturing diamond and coloured stone jewellery. To support my vision, I wanted to pursue studies in gemmology and, undoubtedly, GIA was my first preference. GIA’s Graduate Gemologist Program offered a great curriculum balanced with theory and practical experience taught by highly trained instructors. GIA not only taught me the value behind each gemstone, but also opened my eyes to the vastness of our industry. As the industry says, GIA is truly the ‘Harvard of Gemmology’.”
“My family business is in wholesale and manufacturing. I have a plan to sell diamonds in my store. I enrolled in GIA’s Graduate Diamonds Program as I had heard a lot about the Institute. I would recommend GIA to anyone wanting to make a career in the industry as it is the best institute for learning everything about diamonds.”
“I have seven years of industry experience, but was somehow failing to communicate accurately about diamonds. I enroled in a GIA programme so I could gain an in-depth understanding of diamonds. GIA education has helped me bridge my knowledge gap and communicate with confidence. Thank you to GIA and its instructors for the support.”
“I do not belong to this industry. I wanted to enrol for a programme that could help me showcase my creativity. I had heard a lot about GIA and today I am a GIA Diamonds Graduate! It was a great experience thanks to supportive instructors.”
“I am new to diamonds as my family business specialises in gold jewellery. GIA, as recommended by my friends, is the best place to learn about diamonds. My experience was great and I got to learn many new things. I cannot think of a better institute than GIA.”
My experience cannot be summed up in a few lines. To learn and grade and identify these exotic stones felt like a dream moment for me. Earning this credential will take me a long way in my life and I look forward to network with industry leaders.
GIA’s quality of education brought me to the Institute to learn more about diamonds. The course has given me comprehensive knowledge and increased my confidence in grading diamonds. My childhood dream of making diamond jewellery can soon be fulfilled.
I completed my Graduate Gemologist Diploma programme and the experience was phenomenal. I feel more confident because of GIA. The way they teach and all the instructors were very helpful. I would like to thank everyone at GIA and would recommend the programme to those who are interested in the jewellery industry.
I earned my GIA Graduate Diamonds Diploma in Mumbai. Overall, it was a satisfactory experience - thanks to a mix of both theory and practical knowledge. I will be joining my family business, which caters to gold, and would like to expand the business into diamonds soon. I highly recommend this programme to those who are interested in the diamond industry.
Coming back after a very long break made me nervous, but excited at the same time. I was privileged and satisfied to seek knowledge and training from GIA, a reputed institution worldwide.
Professionally and practically, I would recommend the GIA Applied Jewelry Professional programme. It will help provide a strong foundation as one ventures out into the gem and jewellery industry.
I was in the midst of pursuing my MBA, but decided to explore my creative side. I researched more about GIA and found the institution ideal to gain the required skills. The Jewelry Design course at GIA has made me feel confident about myself and my designs. It helped me enhance my creativity and taught me how to translate my designs into scintillating pieces. The class was very productive with a home-like teaching environment.
GIA’s Graduate Gemologist Diploma Program, a combination of Graduate Diamonds and Colored Stones, offers extensive course content that touches upon every aspect of diamonds and gemstones. The theory lectures combined with instructor guidance made the class very intriguing. My future plan is to develop my business with the knowledge I acquired from GIA.
My father is an iron trader, so I do not come from this industry. I was always keen towards jewellery and started manufacturing my own. I was fascinated with diamonds and wanted to learn more. GIA is the best place to invest your time for any educational programmes. A big thanks to the instructors as I am a proud diploma holder of GIA Graduate Diamonds.
My family business is in the diamond jewellery industry and it was one of the reasons why I wanted to come to GIA. The GIA’s campus in Mumbai is great and instructors were very helpful. I wanted to get professional knowledge about grading diamonds and feel contended to have fulfilled my purpose of enrolling with GIA.
We have a trading company and I always wanted to get in to the jewellery industry, so I earned my GIA Graduate Diamonds Diploma. As I have now gained a lot of experience in grading and identifying diamonds, I feel confident in buying diamonds and have attained comprehensive knowledge to start a business in diamonds.
I do not belong to this industry, thus I opted for the Jewelry Design course at GIA for better career prospects and growth in the gem and jewellery industry. The learnings I gained from this course were immense in helping me create and produce my designs effectively.
I have three years of experience in the industry. I joined GIA to learn more about gemstones. This programme has really enhanced my confidence, especially in the way I look at coloured stones to identify them. My overall experience in GIA was good, including the class environment and the helpful instructors.
I do not belong to this industry, but I was fascinated about coloured gemstones and diamonds and that’s why I enrolled for a GIA programme. I had a wonderful experience in GIA as I gained a lot of knowledge.
GIA has been a life changing experience as I have completed both the Graduate Diamonds and Graduate Colored Stones Diploma Programs, therefore earning my Graduate Gemologist diploma. My education has given me comprehensive knowledge of grading along with global market trends – a holistic perspective from mine to market. I would recommend GIA to all aspirants who wish to work in this industry.
My interest lies in diamonds, but being a fresher, I was clueless about my next steps. I heard about GIA, did some research and enrolled in the Graduate Diamonds Diploma Program. After joining GIA, I gained immense knowledge about diamonds, thanks to a good balance of instructor guidance and instrumentation training.
GIA offers an excellent educational experience with the best curriculum and finest instruments. The instructor, too, was very helpful. There is nothing better than GIA for an education in gemmology.
I am a GIA Diamonds Graduate and the Jewelry Design course was my second course with GIA, as I wanted to acquire in-depth knowledge about the gem and jewellery industry. My earlier experience with GIA was amazing and that’s why I chose the Institute again. The Jewelry Design course is well structured and I am now confident to present my design creations effortlessly. I have improved my drawing skills and became confident only because of this programme.
The merchandising course offered at GIA has really helped me to grow and expand my business.
GIA gave me good exposure to practical learning, knowledgeable faculty and interactive courses.
The training programmes are insightful and fun at the same time. Instructors at GIA are the best in the industry. I learnt an in depth analysis of GIA’s diamond grading standards for Colour, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight.
GIA's SWIFT Jewellery Design course looked very promising and delivered the same. I had never thought 5 days could do so much justice and cover so many aspects. I am impressed and thank GIA for this wonderful experience.
Accomplishing SWIFT Jewellery Design course from GIA has helped me to enhance my creativity and develop my knowledge, elements which are helpful in liaising with the industry.
My family is into the textile business, but my extended family is from the jewellery industry. I had some interest in jewellery, so I completed diamond grading and jewellery design courses from a local institute. GIA is a trusted name in the gem and jewellery industry and I enrolled for the Jewelry Design course to gain intensive knowledge. The instructor really helped me through the entire programme and I feel more equipped with information than before. This programme has taught me to get inspired by little things and has given me a different perspective towards design. Thank you GIA.
I do not come from a jewellery background so I enrolled in the GIA Graduate Diamonds Diploma Program to enhance my knowledge and add value to my career. I’m proud to be a GIA Diamonds Graduate and it also feels nice to be a part of the GIA Alumni network.
I didn’t have a basic background of jewellery design, but I loved creating beautiful art and wanted to be in the field of design. The name GIA was not new to me as I always insisted on GIA graded jewellery, so, I applied at GIA knowing that I wanted to learn from the best in the industry. I was not wrong as I learnt new techniques and ways to imagine, design and create. With GIA I took a new step in my career that will open the windows to many opportunities.
My husband is a jeweller and that’s how my interest developed for jewellery design. GIA has actually helped me to bring out my creative side; helping me develop my imagination from the conception to the invention of a jewellery piece.
My experience with GIA has been amazing. GIA is one of the best places to acquire knowledge on coloured stones. The learning I gained here is truly unmatched. Each aspect of GIA is outstanding, including the programme content and instructors.
My family has been in the jewellery business for the last 30 years, focusing on plain gold jewellery. Previously, I earned my Graduate Colored Stones diploma and now having earned my Graduate Diamonds diploma, I am a proud holder of the prestigious GIA Graduate Gemologist diploma. My experience at GIA has helped me become more knowledgeable and has deepened my interest in diamonds and coloured stones. Learning various aspects of these gems has given me the confidence to succeed in any market globally.
My family manufactures gold, and my idea behind earning my Graduate Gemologist diploma is to expand my business into diamonds and coloured stones. This credential is one that is well-designed as it gives you theoretical knowledge as well as practical training.
My parents belong to the jewellery industry and my interest, too, lies in this field. It is the quality of education offered that brought me to GIA. The course provided the in-depth knowledge about diamonds and the industry that has been essential to giving me a head-start.
I am very happy with the GIA Diamond Grading Lab Class. I learnt a lot from the instructor that has increased my confidence level. Thank you GIA.
Studying at GIA was at par with excellence and gave me great exposure. The course was very informative, with instructor guidance and training modules. We were taught to develop our own ideas to showcase our creativity, thus motivating me to try out new designs. The learning I received at GIA is incomparable.
GIA’s merchandising course will improvise skills that are beneficial to the Indian jewellery industry – thank you for making this offering available.
It’s a great feeling to earn the Graduate Colored Stones diploma from GIA. I do not have a jewellery background, and I chose this programme to become an entrepreneur in this field. It was a pleasant experience and I would recommend this programme to anyone who wishes to start a career in the gem and jewellery industry.
After completing the Jewelry Design course from GIA, I was motivated to enrol in Graduate Diamonds. Each day felt like a new one for me as I got to explore some interesting facts about diamonds. This course has helped me understand the true value of a diamond. The Mumbai campus is home-like and the experience has been truly unmatchable.
My family has been associated with jewellery manufacturing and merchandising for the past three generations. I wanted to explore more into jewellery and expand my family business into coloured stones, and that’s why I chose GIA. The experience was wonderful as I have gained comprehensive knowledge about coloured stones and diamonds. This programme has motivated me to explore more in this field to help expand my business.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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 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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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This panel discussion on “Synthetic Diamonds: Challenges and Opportunities” was informative and well moderated by Ms. Bhatt. Such seminars are needed to create awareness amongst jewellers and deliver transparency to our customer.The initiative taken by GIA India is greatly appreciated. I hope they continue to educate the trade in the future.
"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".
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.
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.
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.
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.