GIA offers a Graduate Diamonds diploma program

Due to a rare opening in the Gemological Institute of America’s (GIA) academic schedule, GIA is offering its world-renown Graduate Diamonds diploma program separately from its Graduate Gemologist program. Graduates of this seven-week program will earn the Graduate Diamonds diploma and open the door to working in the jewelry industry’s most lucrative sales category-diamonds. The program begins January 24, 2002.

Working closely with the Institute’s acclaimed instructors, students will examine more than 200 stones as they learn how to assess the color, clarity, cut, and carat weight of a diamond. In addition to the 4 Cs, students will also study the diamond grading system, as well as how to estimate weight of mounted diamonds, detect fracture-filled diamonds, and identify diamond simulants. This is the first time GIA has an exclusive diamonds program since relocating to Carlsbad in 1997.

“In essence, students will develop the grading and identification skills they need to buy and sell diamonds with moneymaking insight,” says GIA Vice President of Education Brook Ellis. “Students will also discover many of the techniques used by GIA’s experts to detect treatments and synthetics.”

GIA’s Graduate Diamonds resident program is ideal for those wanting to work in the many sectors of the diamond industry. With a GIA Graduate Diamonds Diploma, students are immediately qualified to work as sales associates, managers, owners, buyers, appraisers, wholesalers, graders, designers, or gem lab personnel. It’s also ideal for those already working in the industry looking to augment their current knowledge.

Mark Johnson, manager of resident education, says this program offers students three main benefits: it can improve diamond selling skills, diamond buying skills, and improve the chances of being hired to work in a wholesale diamond house.

Tuition for GIA’s internationally acclaimed Graduate Diamonds diploma program is $4,250. Space is limited. For more enrollment information call 800-421-7250, ext. 4001, or enroll online at and click on GIA Education. Outside the U.S. and Canada, call 760-603-4001.

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