Graduate Diamonds Program

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The GIA Graduate Diamonds course introduces the foundational skills and knowledge required to make informed decisions when grading, buying and selling diamonds. Students learn the science behind diamond formation, appearance and identification, and discover historical and current diamond industry information and practices throughout the supply chain. Coursework includes the application of the GIA International Diamond Grading System™ to assess the 4Cs – color, clarity, cut and carat weight – and how they affect diamond value. Students use professional diamond grading equipment to examine and plot diamond quality characteristics; grade diamonds according to the 4Cs; detect common diamond treatments; identify diamond simulants. Additionally, students learn the science behind laboratory-grown diamond formation, what tools can be helpful in identification of lab-grown diamonds and when to submit to a laboratory for further testing.

What You’ll Earn: GIA Graduate Diamonds Diploma

What You'll Learn

  • Describe the components of the diamond supply chain
  • Explain the science of diamond formation, appearance and identification
  • Grade diamonds using the 4Cs (color, clarity, cut and carat weight)
  • Identify the relationship between proportions and diamond weight
  • Describe the GIA International Diamond Grading System™
  • Detect treated and laboratory-grown gemstones
  • Describe how quality, rarity, color and market factors affect gem value

Possible Career Paths

  • Diamond Buyer
  • Diamond Sorter/Grader
  • Estate Jewelry Dealer
  • Jewelry Business Owner
  • Jewelry Sales Professional
  • Retailer
  • Auction House Jewelry Specialist
  • Wholesaler
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