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GIA India to Launch Classes in Hyderabad

May 4, 2009 5:18 PM   By Press Release
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RAPAPORT...  Press Release, HYDERABAD:  The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) announced that GIA India plans to offer a pearl-grading lab class and a retail jewelry management (RJM) business course, and is now taking registrations. The pearl-grading lab class will be held May 18 to 19, while the RJM course will be available May 21 to 23 and May 24 to 25 at the Golconda Institute of Diamonds in Hyderabad.

“Hyderabad has a large population of professionals who are discerning customers,” said Nirupa Bhatt, managing director of GIA India/Middle East. “The programs have been offered based on the significant number of retail businesses with large showrooms and multiple locations and the need to meet their demand for educated retail sales associates. Hyderabad is also the pearl capital of India, creating significant potential for our offerings.”

GIA’s pearl-grading class provides all the product knowledge people need to buy inventory, build confidence and increase profits. In this hands-on class, participants will practice with cultured pearls graded by the GIA Laboratory, learn how to evaluate cultured pearls, and talk about the beauty, value and quality of the merchandise.

RJM is an introductory course for counter staff to learn retail business management, store display and security. This important class helps participants acquire product knowledge, along with the skills and confidence to close more sales.

Bhatt added, “GIA is taking world-class education to key Indian markets, to align local skills with international standards. As India moves up the value chain and becomes a vital jewelry consumption market, retail becomes an important area requiring educated personnel. GIA India aims to fill this need.” Vikram Kabra, director of Kabra Jewellers and a GIA alum, said, “We are always ahead with a GIA education.”

GIA is a global, nonprofit gemological research and academic institute that focuses on the science of gemology. Its mission is to ensure the public trust in gems and jewelry. The organization performs research on gems and shares that knowledge with its students. It applies its discoveries in its laboratories and disseminates findings through public and trade outreach programs. It grades diamonds and colored stones and offers educational courses to professionals seeking training in gemology.

Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, GIA has 12 campus locations worldwide. Established in 1931 by author, educator and visionary Robert M. Shipley, GIA has become known to many as "the Harvard of the gem and jewelry industry." More than 200,000 students worldwide have completed courses in GIA's gemology, jewelry manufacturing arts and business programs, both on campus and through distance education.

For further information and registration, e-mail dimple.sondhi@gia.edu or visit www.giaindia.in or contact Imran Shareef at 040 – 23321687 / 09989877768.


About GIA:
An independent nonprofit organization, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is recognized as the world's foremost authority in gemology. Established in 1931, GIA has translated its expert knowledge into the most respected gemological education available. Early in the 1950s, GIA invented the famous Four Cs of Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat Weight.  In 1953, the Institute created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world.

Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism. GIA can be found on the web at www.gia.edu . Media queries contact: Laura Simanton 760-603-4112 or Jessica Sachariason, 760-603-4197.


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