Atlanta Jewelry Show to Offer GIA Diamond Grading Lab Session in Conjunction With the Spring Show March 2-4, 2019


ATLANTA, GA—November 20, 2018—As part of an ongoing effort to expand educational resources and opportunities for its community of independent jewelers, the Atlanta Jewelry Show is proud to once again offer a GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Diamond Grading Lab Session from February 26-March 2, 2019, during its Spring show held March 2-4 at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

“Diamond treatments, synthetic diamonds and diamond grading issues were covered in recent sessions as part of our enhanced education program at the Fall show. We also presented a diamond power panel of industry experts sponsored by the Diamond Council of America,” said Cindy Chandler, Director of Education for the Atlanta Jewelry Show. “Our August attendees showed great interest in these discussions exclusively focused on diamonds, so we believe the timing is right to offer the very popular GIA Diamond Grading Lab Session during the March show.”

Participants will spend more than 16 hours practicing grading techniques on diamonds that were carefully selected and graded by GIA. In the process, participants will be taught how to recognize the most common diamond features. Bringing together a unique combination of hands-on training, one-on-one coaching and integrated multimedia presentations, the successful completion of this lab session can be credited towards the GIA Graduate Gemologist and Graduate Diamonds diplomas. Students must pass a two-stone practical exam to complete the class successfully and earn a Letter of Completion.

During the five-day lab session, participants will:

  • Learn to grade diamonds consistently and accurately using a modern gem microscope and jeweler’s loupe
  • Become familiar with the GIA International Diamond Grading System
  • Discover time-saving shortcuts to determine a variety of grading factors
  • Learn to read a GIA Diamond Grading Report

The GIA Diamond Grading Lab Session will be held from 9 am to 5 pm, February 26-March 2, 2019 in Room 102 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Registration and nonrefundable pre-payment is required. The price is $2512 (payable by check), or $2562 (payable by credit card).

Jewelers are encouraged to act quickly, as space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For information and to register, please send an email to Judy Lince at or call 800-241-0399 0r 404-634-3434.

About GIA

An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight and, in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which is recognized around the world as the standard for diamond quality.

Through research, education, gemological laboratory services and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science and professionalism. Visit

About the Atlanta Jewelry Show
Produced by the Southern Jewelry Travelers Association (SJTA), the Atlanta Jewelry Show is the longest running regional jewelry show in the country. SJTA was established in 1950, and is the nation’s oldest association for independent jewelry representatives. For information about the spring show, March 2-4, 2019, and pre-show conference March 1, visit, email or call 800-241-0399.

Helen Blase, Marketing Manager