Why This Program?

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest developments in the gem and jewelry industry when you subscribe to Gem Access™. You'll receive an exclusive content release each month featuring critical industry updates and insights from GIA researchers and thought leaders. Topics range from mining and gemological discoveries to technology advancements, global industry changes, and so much more. No prerequisites are required, and this program allows you to learn at your own pace. Elevate your professional status by staying in-the-know with Gem™.

Program Highlights

  • Ten self-paced, interactive modules via GIA’s online platform, featuring video, stunning photography, and online lectures from experts in gemology.

    Note: Modules will be released on a monthly basis.

  • Wide range of subjects, from turquoise to new lab discoveries, the Hope Diamond to climate change.

How it works

  • One module released at the beginning of each month.

  • All modules will be delivered online through Blackboard.

  • Complete all module activities by December 31 and score a 75% or better on each module to receive a Letter of Attendance.

Topic of Interest
Additional Offerings
Ways to Learn
Self-Paced Online | Access through Dec. 31, 2023
$285 USD (GIA Alumni receive a 10% discount)
Suggested for
Retailers, Researchers, Jewelry Designers, Jewelry Makers, Hobbyists. No prerequisites needed for this program.
How to Register
Click on the Register Now button and create an account on the GIA Alumni Collective Community

2023 Assignment Modules

Assignment 1: Turquoise

Turquoise, long used for adornment, has been found in the ancient tombs of Egyptians, Persians, and Native Americans. It has been associated with the sky, life, and rebirth; some even see it as a stone of protection and good fortune. Today, turquoise is still revered for its beautiful color and is one of the birthstones for December. Recently, a team from GIA attended the Turquoise United conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where they had the opportunity to speak with several turquoise experts. Join us for discussions on modern turquoise collecting, fashioning, and treatment.

photo of Turquoise gems

Assignment 2: Crater of Diamonds State Park

Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas offers a unique experience to the general public. For a fee (US$13 for adults), anyone can search for diamonds or other minerals, such as amethyst, garnet, and agate, in a 37-acre field set aside for rock hounds. Any gems you find are yours to keep. This month, Dr. Aaron Palke, Senior Manager of Research at GIA Carlsbad, discusses the history and geology of this fascinating attraction.

faceted octahedron gem