2019: The Midwest Jewelers Association is hosting 3 GIA Labs this year, Colored Stone Grading May 20-22; Pearl Grading May 23; and Diamond Grading Lab September 9-13. The session is sponsored by Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co. in Neenah, WI where the class will be held. Labs are limited so please register as soon as possible.
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.
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GEM 220L Colored Stones Grading LabRequired for: GIA Graduate Gemologist® and Graduate Colored Stones Diplomas. You do not need to take the online class first. 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. Study of this content can improve the consistency and accuracy of colored stone grading skills. Students must pass a two-stone practical exam to complete the class successfully. You will receive a lab manual, a gem cloth, a pinpoint incandescent light source and a color grading card.
Date: May 20-22, 2019
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm daily
Session duration: 3 days (21 clock hours)What you earn: GIA Letter of Completion
Diamond Grading Lab Session: $1680.00Full payment is due with your application. No refund after March 1, 2019
GEM 149L Pearl Grading LabRequired for: GIA Graduate Pearls Diploma. You do not need to take the online class first. 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™. Key topics include how to evaluate cultured pearls in order to promote the relationship between beauty, value and quality in merchandise. Students must pass a two-stone assessment to complete the class successfully. You will receive a gem cloth and a lab manual.
Date: May 23, 2019
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Session duration: 1 day (7 clock hours)What you earn: GIA Letter of Completion
Diamond Grading Lab Session: $525.00Full payment is due with your application. No refund after March 1, 2019
GEM 230L Diamond Grading Lab The Diamond Grading Lab Session is required for the GIA Graduate Gemologist diploma. You do not need to take the online class first. 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.
Date: September 9-13, 2019
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm daily
Session duration: 5 days (35 clock hours)What you earn: GIA Letter of Completion
Diamond Grading Lab Session: $2512.00Full payment is due with your application. If class is not filled by May 15, we reserve the right to cancel this lab and issue a full refund – you will be notified.
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Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co24 Jewelers Park Drive Neenah, WIwww.jewelersmutual.comFor directions to JM, click on the “About Us” tab
*Parking is available at Jewelers Mutual
*Hotel charges, travel, and all meal expenses are on your own.
Best Western Bridgewood Resort1000 Cameron WayNeenah, WI (located next door to Jewelers Mutual)Phone: 920.720.8000 or 800.514.5206www.bridgewoodresorthotel.com*The Bridgewood Resort offers a complimentary breakfast.
Rate: $103 single, plus taxes You must make your own room reservation and you are responsible for your own hotel charges. We are no longer holding a block of rooms, however, you can still get a room rate of $103/single if you tell them you are under the Jewelers Mutual room rate.
Other lab class to be offered in the future
GEM 240L Gem Identification LabPractice identifying more than 60 species of gemstones, distinguishing natural gems from synthetics and detecting gem treatments. You will carry out testing procedures and techniques on sets of practice stones. Study the latest gem treatments in the market today, and how illumination techniques can facilitate the identification process. Additionally, the course covers how – and when – to use gemological laboratory services and how to use gem identification skills to protect your business from costly mistakes. Prior to the course end date, you may download and keep a copy of the Gem Identification Lab Manual and Gem Identification PDF. The final practical exam is open book and proctored; see page 62-63 for details.
Class duration: 5 days (35 clock hours)
View the GIA Education Catalog for more information on the labs and what;s required for your certificates.
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