Carlsbad, CA—GIA (Gemological Institute of America) is offering a one-of-a-kind Jewelry Forensics seminar live via online learning September 9-10. The seminar will help jewelry professionals gain the skills needed to evaluate jewelry quality using GIA’s unique 12-step process, all online. The course is appropriate for anyone who deals with assessing the quality of fine jewelry, including appraisers, retail associates, intake specialists, designers, bench jewelers, and pawnbrokers.
“Accessible education has always been a very important part of our mission,” says Duncan Pay, GIA senior vice president of education and chief academic officer. “We are finding imaginative and exciting ways to offer education through remote learning, helping people get the courses they want and need, despite the global pandemic.”
The two-day seminar, held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pacific time both days, consists of six live sessions (three 90-minute sessions each day with breaks in between), held by GIA gem and jewelry experts. Participants ill learn invaluable information for assessing the quality of fine jewelry, including manufacturing processes, setting styles, quality benchmarks, and more. Through illustrations, video and live demonstrations, participants will see exactly what the instructor is doing as they examine jewelry under a microscope. Attendees will receive a digital jewelry forensics guidebook and other useful reference material.
For additional information visit GIA.edu/jewelry-forensics-seminar.
Separately, $1 million in scholarships is available for jewelry professionals to pursue GIA education in 2021. Scholarships are available for all courses related to gemology and jewelry manufacturing arts offered through GIA's campuses, distance education, and lab classes, starting before Dec. 31, 2021.
The scholarship application period was postponed from its original dates to allow GIA to assess how to effectively deliver programs and courses during the pandemic. Applications for 2021 now are being accepted through October 15. The scholarships are available for on-campus and distance education programs, and are open to U.S. and international prospective students. For details on eligibility, how to apply and required documents, visit GIA.edu/gem-education-scholarship-instruction-information. For campus closures, reopenings, and updates related to COVID-19, please visit GIA.edu/campus-openings-coronavirus.
“To meet the challenges of the pandemic, we are adapting to provide education that positions students for success within the gem and jewelry industry,” said Pay. GIA has awarded more than $14 million in scholarships since 2010, helping more than 3,000 students study at GIA schools around the world and through distance education programs.