DEGREES FROM THE GEMOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF AMERICA, GIA
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is a nonprofit institute based in Carlsbad, California. It is dedicated to research and education in the field of gemology and the jewelry arts. Founded in 1931, GIA's mission is to protect buyers and sellers of gemstones by setting and maintaining the standards used to evaluate gemstone quality. The institute does so through research, gem identification and diamond grading services and a variety of educational programs. Through its library and subject experts, GIA acts as a resource of gem and jewelry information for the trade, the public and media outlets.
In 1953 the GIA developed its International Diamond Grading System and the "four Cs" (cut, clarity, color, and carat weight) as a standard to compare and evaluate the quality of diamonds.
Today, the institute is headquartered in Carlsbad, California and operates in 13 countries, with 11 campuses, 9 laboratories and 4 research centers.
October 8, 1982
May 27, 1983
COLORED STONE GRADING AND GEM IDENTIFICATION
May 27, 1983
September 6, 1985
JEWELRY MANUFACTURING ARTS
November 24, 1982
In the GIA Graduate Diamonds diploma program, you master the world of diamonds. You learn to use the GIA International Diamond Grading System™ and the 4Cs directly from their creators. We explore the diamond industry at every level.
Through extensive hands-on practice using actual gemstones, develop skills in grading the color, clarity, and cut quality of a wide range of colored stones. We learn the same time-tested procedures and identification skills used by the Institute’s renowned gemological experts.
We learn, practice, and then learn some more. The Graduate Gemologist program equips you to identify hundreds of common and unusual gemstones and detect the latest treatments and synthetics. Buy and sell diamonds and colored stones effectively by understanding how external market factors affect the value of jewelry.
GIA’s Jewelry Manufacturing curriculum will take you from idea to reality, as you learn under the watchful eyes of master craftsmen who share their passion and expertise. Working in state-of-the-art classrooms at your own fully equipped workbench, you learn time-tested techniques and the newest technology. You learn how to set up and manage your own repair and manufacturing shop, and how to apply your skills as a professional in the working world.
GIA’s Jewelry Design course teaches you how to take your great ideas and illustrate them just like professional designers. You gain an understanding of jewelry design theory and artistry. As you become experienced with various drafting techniques, you learn how to illustrate the shape, form, and texture of yellow and white metal and how to render faceted gems, diamonds and pearls.