(ATLANTA) - As part of an ongoing effort to expand educational resources and opportunities for independent jewelers, the Atlanta Jewelry Show will once again offer a GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Lab class during the August 2014 edition at the Cobb Galleria Centre, Atlanta, GA. Providing a mix of lecture and hands-on training in an action-oriented environment, the GIA Diamond Grading Lab Class will be held on Tuesday, August 5 to Saturday, August 9, 2014. The Atlanta Jewelry Show runs August 9 -11.
“We began offering GIA Lab Classes in 2011 and they quickly sell out each show. Retailers tell us how much they appreciate the fact that we are bringing this top-level coursework to them, saving them a trip to a GIA campus,” explains Carol Young, executive director, SJTA, producers and managers of the Atlanta Jewelry Show.
The August 2014 class space is limited, so retailers are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Running from 9 am - 5 pm Tuesday, August 5 - Saturday, August 9, the Diamond Grading Lab Class will bring together hands-on training, one-on-one coaching and integrated multimedia presentations. Required for GIA GG and Graduate Diamonds Diplomas, this lab class price is $1971.
During the class, participants will learn to grade diamonds consistently and accurately using a modern gem microscope and jeweler’s loupe; become proficient in GIA’s Diamond Grading System; discover time-saving shortcuts to determine a variety of grading factors, and learn to read a GIA Laboratory Diamond Grading Report.
All told, students will spend more than 18 hours practicing grading technique of diamonds that were carefully selected and graded in the GIA Laboratory. In the process, they will learn to recognize the most common diamond features. Students must pass a two-stone practical test to complete the class successfully and earn the Letter of Completion.