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GIA Unveils eLearning Course for Pearls

Distance Learning for Professionals

Jan 20, 2011 1:44 PM   By Jeff Miller
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RAPAPORT... The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is offering a new distance learning course that incorporates the latest research, market trends and grading processes for cultured and natural pearls. This eight-assignment course gives  professionals the opportunity to broaden their careers by developing their pearl knowledge and skills. It also enables those just entering the industry to get a jumpstart on building their pearl expertise.

A GIA Pearls Certificate is awarded upon completion of the course, which brings students one step closer to earning a GIA Graduate Pearls diploma. 

GIA’s eLearning program uses a multimedia platform for distance education in gemology and jewelry sales. The new pearls course makes use of a wide range of visual tools to instruct students on how to distinguish various types of pearls; recognize treatments and imitations; and understand the factors that impact the value of these organic gemstones.

“Our pearl experts, recognized around the world, share the latest discoveries and findings through our educational programs,” said Duncan Pay, director of course development for GIA. “The pearl market continues to flourish and expand globally, so our goal is to ensure we provide the most comprehensive education about them available. The up-to-date content in this course reflects GIA’s rich 80-year history in pearl research.”

Students who take this course can  apply the training immediately in a professional capacity, explained Pay.  “Pearls eLearning is an important component of the GIA mission to provide jewelry professionals with the most practical and sophisticated tools they need to achieve the highest standard of gemological education.”

GIA distance learning course cover jewelry essentials, diamond essentials, colored stone essentials, diamonds and diamond grading, colored stones and gem identification.


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