GIA Sessions at the Atlanta Jewelry 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.

To register for one of the GIA sessions listed below, click the Register Now link for the appropriate session to download the registration form, complete the form and email to Judy Lince at

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

Fee: $1,680 by check / $1,730 by credit card
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

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GEM 149L Pearl Grading Lab, Saturday, August 10

Fee: $ 525 by check / $545 by credit card
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 Factors TM . 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

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GIA Seminars, Sunday August 11

Fee: $260 each by check / $270 each by credit card

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 facilitator(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.

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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.