GIA to offer free precious metal seminar

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is inviting prospective students, hobbyists, and gemology enthusiasts to attend a free seminar entitled “The Nature of Precious Metals” on Tuesday, June 26 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Harper Junior College at 1200 W. Algonquin road, Palatine, Ill.

The event will feature information from the Institute’s course, Jewelry Essentials, such as the allure and rarity of gold, silver, and platinum; and how precious metal alloys affect the durability, appearance, and cost of manufactured jewelry.

Jodie Diegel, who spearheads recruiting and resource efforts for GIA in the Chicago area, will give the free presentation. Diegel earned her Graduate Gemologist diploma from GIA in 1998 while also completing her MBA.

This is an opportunity for gemology enthusiasts, prospective students, and hobbyists to observe course structure and the type of classes offered by GIA, and is also a chance to ask questions about careers in the gem and jewelry industry. “Whether you’re a high school or college graduate, someone seeking a new career, or you’re just interested in learning about jewelry as a hobby, this course is a definite must,” said Diegel.

The Jewelry Essentials course is specially designed for career-oriented sales associates who are interested in increasing their earning power and credibility, and it’s one in three of GIA’s Distance Education courses needed to earn the Accredited Jewelry Professional diploma (A.J.P.). The A.J.P. is also intended for anyone who wants to prepare for a job in the retail jewelry industry, and is available on the Web.

For further information, contact Jodie Diegel at 847/858-GIA1 (4421), or email her at

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