(ATLANTA) – Responding to continued demand from its regional retail audience, the Southern Jewelry Travelers Association (SJTA) will once again offer GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Lab classes in conjunction with the semi-annual Atlanta Jewelry Show at the Cobb Galleria Center, Atlanta, GA. Providing a mix of lecture and hands-on training in an action-oriented environment, the GIA Diamond Grading Lab Class will be offered during the March Show and the GIA Colored Stone Lab Class will be offered in August.
“We first offered the GIA Lab Classes during the August 2011 Atlanta Jewelry Show and the response was so favorable that we’ve been offering them ever since,” explains Carol Young, executive director, SJTA, producers and managers of the Atlanta Jewelry Show. “Ordinarily, a jeweler would need to travel to a GIA campus to have access to a Gemology Lab Class. By collaborating with such an important industry leader as GIA, we are able to provide an intensive training session to our attendees. Whether they are working to earn their GIA credentials or hoping to sharpen their gemological skills, these Lab Classes will help retailers gain the product knowledge and grading skills needed to buy inventory, build confidence and increase profits at their stores.”
The 2013 GIA Lab Class schedule at the Atlanta Jewelry Show includes:
GIA Diamond Grading Lab Class
Tuesday, February 26 – Saturday, March 2, 2013, 9 am – 5 pm daily
Required for GIA GG and Graduate Diamonds diploma programs
Price: $1957 (Limited Seating. Register Now.)
Through GIA’s unique combination of hands-on training, one-on-one coaching, and integrated multimedia presentations, attendees will learn to grade diamonds consistently and accurately using a modern gem microscope and jeweler’s loupe. They will 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. Attendees will spend more than 18 hours practicing grading techniques on diamonds that were carefully selected and graded in the GIA Laboratory. They will also learn to recognize the most common diamond features. Students must pass a two-stone practical test to complete the class successfully.
GIA Colored Stone Grading Lab Class
Thursday, August 1 – Saturday, August 3, 2013 , 9 am – 5 p.m. daily
Required for GIA GG and Graduate Colored Stones diploma programs
Through extensive hands-on practice using actual gemstones, attendees will develop skills in grading the color, clarity, and cut quality of a wide range of colored stones. They will learn the GIA Colored Stone Grading System and how to describe color in terms of hue, tone, and saturation. They will gain professional insight as they learn to judge gem quality factors and increase the consistency and accuracy of their colored stone grading skills. Attendees will also learn about the relationship between light and color and develop color memory.
Atlanta Jewelry Show Quick Facts:
When: Saturday, March 2 – Monday, March 4, 2013
Where: Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339
Hours: 10 am – 6 pm, Saturday & Sunday March 2-3 ; 10 am – 3 pm, Monday, March 4
Information: www.atlantajewelryshow.com, 800-241-0399 or 404-634-3434.