GIA L.A. Leaves Downtown and Expands

Students in the greater Los Angeles area no longer have to travel to downtown L.A. or down the coast to Carlsbad (a 90-minute drive from L.A.), now that the Gemological Institute of America's Los Angeles branch for gemology and jewelry design has relocated to a new 7,051-sq.-ft. facility at 600 Corporate Pointe in Culver City. Starting July 16, GIA will offer jewelry design classes in the Los Angeles area for the first time since 1998. Intermediate CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing) classes are scheduled to debut at GIA Los Angeles July 12. Extension classes in diamond grading (including an evening session slated for Aug. 16-31), gem identification, and colored stone grading also are scheduled for the new location. A graduate diamonds program and evening student labs have been added as well. The new Culver City facility is located near the Fox Hills Mall o

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