GIA Florence to begin in spring

Due to increased demand, GIA Florence has rescheduled the start date of its Graduate Gemologist (G.G.) program that is taught in English. The course will now begin four months earlier, in the spring of 2006.

The six-month curriculum, a combination of the graduate diamonds and Colored Stones programs, teaches the grading and identification skills needed to become a buyer, appraiser, retailer, or senior professional in the gem and jewelry industry. Students learn how to grade diamonds from the creators of the Four Cs and the International Diamond Grading System, and how to test and identify hundreds of stones.

“Florence has one of the largest American study abroad programs in the world and therefore is extremely well equipped to suit all foreign students’ needs,” said GIA Florence Director Federico Stocco.

During this late spring period, GIA Florence also offers courses in Jewelry Design, Intermediate CAD/CAM, and a Pearl Stringing class, giving new and existing students the chance to complete their studies before the start of the summer.

Students have time to enroll in the G.G. diploma program, which runs from May 8 to Dec. 1. The 26-week course runs over a total of 29 weeks and includes a well-deserved one-month break during Italy’s traditional vacation month of August. 

To apply for enrollment, call +39 055 215964. GIA Florence is located at GIA Florence Via del Castello d’Altafronte, 11, Firenze, Italy, 50122. For more information, e-mail or visit