Why This Seminar?

The Continuing Education Recognition Program has a new name - GEM ACCESS. This unique, self-paced program continues to offer qualifying alumni access to exclusive content from GIA researchers on the latest knowledge, research and trends, plus the most recent course materials we are teaching current students.

How Does it Work?

  • All modules are delivered online through Blackboard

  • Complete all module activities by December 31 and score 75% or better on each one

Program Highlights

  • Eight interactive modules (one per month, February through September) via GIA’s online platform, featuring video, stunning photography, and online lectures from experts in gemology.

  • Access to the latest GIA eLearning courses materials including Diamond Essentials, Colored Stone Essentials, Diamonds & Diamond Grading, Colored Stones, and Gem Identification.

  • Explore a rich multimedia library of hundreds of exclusive videos including 15 years of past program topics.

Topic of Interest
Additional Offerings
Ways to Learn
Live Online | Self-Paced - 8 Modules Yearly
$250 USD
Level of Experience
Any alumni who hold a GIA Graduate Gemologist® or Gemologist Diploma
How to Register
Click on the Register Now button and create an account on the GIA Alumni Collective Community

2022 Assignment Modules

Assignment 1: Does Climate Change Matter to the Jewelry Industry?

Worsening weather conditions, longer wildfire seasons, rising sea levels, the bleaching of coral reefs. Certainly, climate change and its impacts concern us all, but how does it relate to the jewelry industry and what can the industry do about it? Join Patricia Syvrud, MBA, GIA GG, and Program Manager for the University of Delaware's Gerard J. Mangone Climate Change Science and Policy Hub for a discussion on how climate change affects the jewelry industry and what young consumers expect from the businesses they frequent.

photo of Patricia Syvrud
Patricia Syrvud, GIA GG

Assignment 2: Interesting Discoveries from the GIA Laboratory

As the foremost authority in gemology, GIA laboratories encounter a multitude of gems, ranging from very common to unusual and unique. Over the years, GIA scientists have gained insight into formation, treatments, and phenomenal gems by carefully studying these submissions, some of which have revealed exciting surprises. Join Dr. Sally Magaña, senior manager of diamond identification, and Nicole Ahline, senior staff gemologist, as they take a look at some of the rarest, most captivating specimens seen by the laboratories to date.

faceted octahedron gem

Assignment 3: Feldman Custom Knives

Throughout history, humans have used rare metals, gems, and minerals to elevate the most utilitarian objects into works of art. At the 2022 Tucson Gem and Mineral show, a group from GIA had the pleasure of speaking with Mr. Loren Feldman. Mr. Feldman crafts knives that are highly valued by collectors because of his incorporation of unique and rare materials. Join us for a look at these beautiful objets d’art as well as an examination of some of the distinctive minerals he uses to fabricate them.

a crafted knife

Assignment 4: A Glimmer of Hope

The World's Most Famous Blue Diamond

The Hope Diamond has fascinated and inspired humans across the globe. With a storied history originating in India in the seventeenth century, the incomparable 45.52 ct Fancy Deep grayish blue diamond now resides in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Join Dr. Sally Magaña as she relates her personal history with the Hope Diamond and describes the optical and physical properties that make it the world’s most famous blue diamond. Image Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution.

The next assignment will be available in June 2022

the hope diamond unmounted

Past Assignments


  • Natural Blue Diamonds

  • Montana Sapphires

  • Rubies

  • Engagement Rings

  • Somewhere in the Rainbow Collection

  • Melee Diamonds

  • Superstitions Surrounding Gems and Jewelry

  • Minerals Discovered and Named at GIA


  • Geographic Origin Determination

  • GIA Field Gemology

  • Trapiche Gems

  • Interview with Susan Wheeler

  • Jewelry Manufacturing in Russia

  • Shells & Pearls

  • Advanced Analytical Equipment

  • Nigerian Gems


  • Stuart Robertson: Observations on the Colored Stone Market

  • Ruby Mining in Myanmar

  • New from Tucson 2019

  • Perspectives on Responsible Sourcing and Fair Trade

  • Myanmar Gems Emporium

  • Superdeep Diamonds

  • Peridot from Myanmar

  • Russian Demantoid


  • Greenland Ruby Mining

  • Dreher Animal Carvings

  • Edward Boehm: Tucson 2018

  • News From Tucson 2018

  • Ethiopian Emerald

  • Ethiopian Sapphires

  • Ethiopian Opal

  • Debbie Hiss: Selling Lab Grown Diamonds


  • Natural American Freshwater Pearls

  • Diamond Jewelry Manufacturing in India

  • Getting the Most from Diamond Rough

  • Diamond Manufacturing Today

  • Mining Tanzanite

  • Natural Saltwater Pearls

  • Emeralds from Afghanistan

  • A Gem Cutter’s Perspective