Atlanta Jewelry Show to Offer GIA Grading Lab Sessions & Seminars in Conjunction with August Show

Whether you’re starting a new career or taking the next step in your professional journey, a GIA education is considered the pinnacle of training and professional development in gems and jewelry.



ATLANTA, GA—May 23, 2019— The Atlanta Jewelry Show, in collaboration with GIA (Gemological Institute of America®) is excited to offer the opportunity of continuing your professional education with a Colored Stone Grading Lab Session and a Pearl Grading Lab Session.

“We are pleased to be able to provide the chance for members of our AJS community to attain the most prestigious credentials in the industry, as this strengthens our dedication to the success of our jewelers and their businesses,” says Cindy Chandler, GG, Atlanta Jewelry Show Director of Education. Chandler continues, “The practical skills combined with the technical expertise gained through these sessions is unmatched, and we are thrilled to play a part in the journey of these talented students.”

The lab sessions will be led by a GIA facilitator, and held at the Cobb Galleria Centre in conjunction with the August edition of the Atlanta Jewelry Show. Enrollment is available to GIA students and alumni who wish to update and/or enhance their grading skills. Registration is now open, and is limited to 15 participants per session. The lab sessions are eligible for transfer credit to fulfill the lab class requirements for the GIA Graduate Gemologist, Graduate Colored Stones and Graduate Pearls Diplomas. There are no pre-requisites for these sessions.


GEM 220L Colored Stone Grading Lab, Wednesday, Aug 7 – Friday, Aug 9, 2019

Time: Daily 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Lunch Break: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Through extensive hands-on practice using gemstones, you will explore grading the color, clarity and cut quality of a wide range of colored stones. Coursework includes the study of the GIA Colored Stone Grading System; how to describe color by hue, tone and saturation; and how to judge gem quality factors. Topics also include the relationship between light and color and developing color memory. Study of this content can improve the consistency and accuracy of colored stone grading skills. Student must pass a two-stone practical exam to complete the class successfully. You will receive a lab manual, a gem cloth, a pinpoint incandescent light source and a color grading card.

Session duration: 3 days (21 clock hours)

What you earn: GIA Letter of Completion

*Required for GIA Graduate Gemologist and Graduate Colored Stones Diplomas


GEM 149L Pearl Grading Lab, Saturday, August 10

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Lunch Break: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Discover how the world’s foremost experts determine the quality of akoya, freshwater, South Sea, and Tahitian pearls. Explore GIA’s 7 Pearl Value FactorsTM. Key topics include how to evaluate cultured pearls in order to promote the relationship between beauty, value and quality in merchandise. Students must pass a two-stone assessment to complete the class successfully. You will receive a gem cloth and a lab manual.

Session duration: 1 day (7 clock hours)

What you earn: GIA Letter of Completion

*Required for GIA Graduate Pearls Diploma



Time: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Introduction to Laboratory-Grown Diamonds — Laboratory-grown diamonds are a result of a technological process, rather than a geological process. Laboratory-grown diamonds have essentially the same chemical composition and properties of diamonds found in nature. Through dynamic, interactive presentations led by GIA instructor(s), this seminar will present information on HPHT and CVD-grown diamonds and how to separate them from natural diamond.

Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Overview of Diamond Clarity Grading — Explore the technical capabilities required to grade diamonds for clarity according to GIA’s methodology. Topics include the clarity scale, the five factors of clarity characteristics, and common inclusions and blemishes. Also covered are determining clarity grade, using a loupe, and the grading limitations of mounted diamonds.


Fees and enrollment details vary from GIA on-campus lab sessions.

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 or 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 fall show, August 10-12, 2019, and pre-show conference August 9, visit, email or call 800-241-0399.