GIA Lab Classes
2017: The Midwest Jewelers Association is hosting the Diamond Grading Lab in October 2017. The session is sponsored by Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co. in Neenah, WI where the class will be held. The session is limited to 15 participants.
The cost includes tuition, books, use of gems, materials, and facilitators fees. You are responsible for your travel, hotel charges (if using), and all meals. Jewelers Mutual has an on-site cafeteria for breakfast and lunch items that are priced moderately, and there are many fine restaurants nearby.
The Diamond Grading Lab Session is required for the GIA Graduate Gemologist diploma. You do not need to take the online class first.
Diamond Grading Lab Session
Through a unique combination of hands-on training, one-on-one coaching, and multimedia, the Diamond Grading lab session explores how to grade diamonds consistently and accurately using a modern gem microscope and a jeweler’s loupe. Students study GIA’s International Diamond Grading System™, explore time-saving shortcuts to determine a variety of grading factors, and are introduced to methods for reading a GIA Diamond Grading Report. You will spend more than 16 hours practicing grading techniques on diamonds that were carefully selected and graded by GIA. In the process, you will study how to recognize the most common diamond features. Students must pass a two-stone practical exam to complete the class successfully. Once you have completed the class, you will keep a lab manual, a pointer probe, a gem cloth, a plotting pen set, a table gauge, a crown angle card, and a color grading card.
Session duration: 5 days (35 clock hours)
What you earn: Letter of Completion
Diamond Grading Lab Session: $2495.00
Full payment is due with your application. No refunds after September 1, 2017.
*Be sure to read the chemical safety disclosure in GIA’s online Education Catalog.
Diamond Grading Lab Session
|TIME:||9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co
*Parking is available at Jewelers Mutual
*Hotel charges, travel, and all meal expenses are on your own.
Best Western Bridgewood Resort
Rate: $95 single, plus taxes
Other lab classes to be offered in the future
Colored Stones Grading Lab Session
Through extensive hands-on practice using gemstones, you will explore grading the color, clarity and cut quality of a wide range of colored stones. Coursework includes the study of the GIA Colored stone Grading System; how to describe color by hue, tone and saturation; and how to judge gem quality factors. Topics also include the relationship between light and color and developing color memory.
Class duration: 3 days
Pearl Grading Lab Session
Discover how the world’s foremost experts determine the quality of akoya, freshwater, South Sea, and Tahitian pearls. Explore GIA’s 7 Pearl Value Factors TM. Key topics include how to evaluate cultured pearls in order to promote the relationship between beauty, value, and quality in merchandise.
Class duration: 1 day