Long-Distance Learning

A number of new gemological computer programs are available to jewelers. The American Gem Trade Association has released "Selling Colored Gemstones," a training program that uses "streaming media modules." Executive director Doug Hucker is the instructor. The Swiss Gemmological Institute (SSEF) has released its tutorial CD on laboratory identification tests performed for diamonds, pearls, emeralds, and rubies—a quick yet thorough review. At the Gemological Institute of America, all distance educationgemology courses are available as online Web-enhanced education. Traditional textbooks are supplemented by video, and students can work online to complete coursework. Two of GIA's three Accredited Jewelry Professional courses, "Jewelry Essentials" and "Colored Stones Essentials," are completely Web-based through GIA's virtual campus. The Web-based sales training curriculum allows a st

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