Other Training Resources

Gemological Institute of America. The Jewelry Professional Program is a distance education course that includes "Diamond Essentials," "Colored Stone Essentials," and "Jewelry Essentials." A new course on pearls is also available. Call GIA at (800) 421-7250 ext. 4001. Independent Jewelers Organization. IJO members can sign up for GIA courses at discounted prices. Some GIA education, including detecting differences between synthetic diamonds and synthetic moissanite, is available through seminars at biannual trade shows. Call IJO at (800) 624-9252. Retail Jewelers Organization. GIA courses are offered at RJO's biannual shows at discounted prices for members. Call (800) 247-1774. American Gem Society. The Certified Sales Associate home study course covers diamonds, gemstones, security, and ethics. AGS Way is also

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