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GIA Opens Graduate Diamonds Program Night Class

Nov 18, 2005 8:55 AM   By Jeanette Goldman
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(Rapaport...November 18, 2005) In order to meet heavy demand, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) New York has added a night-time graduate diamonds program. The program will commence on January 5, 2006 and will run concurrently with the previously scheduled graduates diamonds program, which is already full.

Students of the night-time program will be trained in grading diamonds using the international grading system created by GIA. They will work closely with a GIA instructor and will be taught how to assess the quality of a diamond based on the 4Cs using a loupe and a microscope.

All graduates will be educated in the detection of treated diamonds, synthetics, and fracture-filled diamonds as well as gain an understanding of proportion grading and how cut affects light return, beauty and value. Beyond the education, the graduates will be awarded the GIA Graduate Diamonds Diploma.

Director of GIA in New York, Dan Campbell, said that the night-time class was started because of the growing demand for GIA education in New York. He noted that there are only a few seats left in all the scheduled gemology classes for the remainder of the year and that gemology classes for 2006 are also filling up quickly.

Classes will be held at GIA's New York Education Center, 270 Madison Ave. at 39th St., every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and will run through April 27.

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