GIA Florence to open

GIA will hold its first classes in Florence, Italy, on Sept. 26. with its Graduate Gemologist (G.G.) diploma program being taught in English. Instructors will teach the next G.G. program in Italian, beginning Oct. 3.

The fall schedule at the new Florence location also includes a ten-day computer-aided drafting and manufacturing class, Oct. 17–28and a one-day Pearl Grading class, taught in English on Oct. 23, and in Italian on Oct. 30.

GIA Florence will occupy two floors with more than 10,000 square feet, three classrooms, and a student lounge in close proximity to famous Italian jewelers and designers. The school is located next to the Ufizzi Museum, which contains some of the world’s most famous Renaissance paintings and sculptures.

Fred Stocco, director of GIA Italy, which has been located in Vicenza for the past 12 years, said the Institute decided to move the school to Florence to be near one of the world’s most famous arts and cultural centers. The school is near the Ponte Vecchio, or old bridge, which has been busy with shoppers since before the Renaissance. Jewelry is a Florentine specialty. The bridge is lined with gold and silver shops—a tradition that goes back centuries.

“GIA Florence will have a unique opportunity to create synergies between the gem and jewelry industry and the Florence fashion industry,” Stocco said. “With many famous jewelry brands in Florence, the Institute will help to service the education needs of the luxury products sector and enhance career opportunities for our graduates there.”

For enrollment information at GIA Florence, e-mail info@giaitaly.com, or call its current location in Vicenza at 39-0444-547-416. Or visit www.giaitaly.com.