Diamond Grader Associate

  • Diamond Grader Associate

    Department: Grading    Level: L3     Reports to: Supervisor


    Job Role: Perform the summative evaluation of diamonds in accordance with the International Diamond Grading System and document identifying features required for the initial draft of GIA Diamond Grading Reports


    Essential Duties:

    Perform the following and other duties assigned to meet production goals (quality & quantity)

    • Evaluate a diamond and determine the initial clarity, polish and symmetry grades in accordance with GIA standards
    • Follow standard grading methodology and examination techniques to evaluate a diamond using proper tools and devices (i.e. microscope, loupe, tweezers, etc.)
    • Apply basic knowledge of GIA policies and procedures to identify characteristics present in the diamond, and electronically map observations onto a diagram by using GIA’s proprietary systems
    • Learn to interpret and follow documentation policies and procedures to efficiently represent characteristics and treatments present in the diamond by using GIA’s proprietary systems
    • Participate in ongoing professional training and testing for continuous grading development
    • Meet required Diamond Grader (L4) qualification criteria (quality and quantity) within specified timeline
    • Perform other duties as assigned or per business needs



    High school diploma required. Or any Graduate Bachelor’s degree
    Must complete GIA Graduate Diamonds Program within 9 months of training start date


    Description of Success Factors:

    “Personal accountability: learn and improve performance; take personal responsibility for decisions, actions & outcomes
    Technical knowledge: ability to learn, retain and apply grading knowledge (includes receiving and applying feedback from mentors/more experienced staff)
    Service mindset: drive and motivation to meet production and quality requirements
    Decision quality/Problem solving: ability to identify issues; know how to escalate an issue or to ask for guidance
    Analytical skills: learn to apply analytical thinking and deductive reasoning to daily work; ability to learn to articulate the issues/reasoning to reach the initial evaluation of diamonds
    Visual perception (being able to make sense of what you see), depth perception, understanding of spatial relationship – ability to map a 3-Dimensional object into 2-D diagram with accuracy
    Ability to use gemological equipment (microscope and loupe) to evaluate the diamond, and hand-held tools (tweezers, stone holder) to manipulate diamonds
    Ability to read, comprehend and follow standard procedures or instruction (proficiency in reading, writing and speaking in English required)
    Communication Skills: Ability to communicate professionally and collaborate with a diverse group of individuals – actively listen and communicate with others in a timely & professional manner; ask questions, receive and apply feedback; proactively participate in training discussions
    Sound skills in computer software (MS Office)
    Ability to work in close physical proximity with other staff, while utilizing shared equipment.
    Detail oriented – ability to produce accurate detailed work and documentation
    Ability to work independently in a production-oriented laboratory environment
    Interpersonal skills: Ability to create positive interactions with colleagues and a team; actively communicate with
    others in a timely & professional manner; maintain good working relationship with others and peers
    Time management skills: approach work in an organized and systematic manner”

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