Why This Seminar?

A diamond is an amazing gem. It is the hardest substance on earth; it is made of a single element and formed under extreme heat and pressure. Its popularity is unrivaled and it is the most important gem in the global gem and jewelry industry, so understanding how a diamond’s value is determined is vital for professionals and consumers.

A natural diamond may be billions of years old, but its dynamics in the market are still evolving. The growth of gem-quality laboratory-grown diamonds and increased interest in tracking their country of origin are just two examples of the more recent trends that diamond professionals will need to understand.

GIA is at the forefront of international diamond evaluation, research and education. The Institute developed the 4Cs of Diamond Quality (Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat), the standard used around the world to evaluate diamond quality.

How Does it Work?

This seminar will introduce the knowledge essential for both gem and jewelry professionals and collectors. Key topics will include diamond’s physical properties, diamond formation, major sources, the 4Cs of Diamond Quality, clarity and color treatments, laboratory-grown diamonds and simulants, the mine-to-market journey, and GIA’s diamond services.

This seminar is ideal for gem and Jewelry Professionals, Retailers, Sales Associates, Jewelry Enthusiasts.

Overhead view of a mine
Mines like this one in South Africa mark the beginning of an extraordinary global journey that a diamond makes from the time it was unearthed to being displayed in your local jewelry store.

Topics Include

  • The basic properties of diamonds, how they are formed and major global sources.

  • How diamonds are evaluated, including the principals of the 4Cs of Diamond Quality grading system.

  • How laboratory-grown diamonds and diamond simulants compare with natural diamonds, and the importance of disclosing these differences.

  • Treatments used to enhance the quality of diamonds, including their color and clarity.

  • Recognize the major sectors along the global diamond supply chain from the mine to retail store.

  • An overview of the diamond grading services and reports provided by GIA.

Participants will be provided a digital reference guide and are encouraged to ask questions as they are guided by a GIA instructor who will share their expertise through illustrations, images and lecture.

Topic of Interest
Ways to Learn
Live Online | 2 Hours
$195 USD (GIA Alumni receive a 10% discount)
Suggested for
Gem and Jewelry Professionals, Retailers, Sales Associates, Jewelry Enthusiast
How to Register
Click on the Register Now button and create an account on the GIA Alumni Collective Community