Florida, Madagascar to host GIA Extension Classes this summer

GIA’s traveling Extension program, which provides gemological training to students globally, will hold summer classes in Florida and Madagascar.

To meet increased demand, additional GIA’s Diamond Grading classes are schedule in Fort Lauderdale, June 13–17. The class helps Distance Education students fulfill the requirements for GIA’s Graduate Gemologist diploma program, but anyone interested in learning more about the fascinating world of diamonds is invited to enroll.

GIA Extension classes will also reach into southern Africa, with three core gemology classes to be taught in the gem-rich island nation of Madagascar. Hosted by the country’s Ministry of Energy and Mines, all three classes will be held in the capital city of Antananarivo. Colored Stone Grading will take place June 29–July 1, Gem Identification will be held July 4–8, and Diamond Grading is set for July 11–15.

To enroll in the Fort Lauderdale Extension class, or other GIA classes and seminars held in the U.S., call 800-421-7250, ext. 4001; or outside the U.S., call 760-603-4001. For enrollment and tuition information on the Madagascar classes, e-mail the Institute de Gemmologie de Madagascar at igm@wanadoo.mg.

For more information about hosting GIA Extension classes, contact GIA Manager of Extension Education Norine Honea at 800-421-7250, ext. 7759.