(ATLANTA) - For the fifth year in a row, the Atlanta Jewelry Show will offer Gemological Institute of America® (GIA®) Lab classes in conjunction with its semi-annual show at the Cobb Galleria Centre, Atlanta, GA. Saving retailers the time and expense of traveling to the GIA campus, the Atlanta Jewelry Show will add this top-level coursework to the many other educational and product resources featured during the February 28 - March 2, 2015 edition. Programs will include the Colored Stone Grading Lab on Wednesday, February 25 - Friday, February 27 and the Pearl Grading Lab on Saturday, February 28.
Colored Stone Grading Lab Class, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday, February 25 - Friday, February 27
This class will help attendees develop skills in grading the color, clarity and cut quality of a wide range of colored stones through extensive hands-on practice using actual gemstones. They will learn the GIA® Colored Stone Grading System and how to describe color in terms of hue, tone, and saturation. Attendees will gain professional insight as they learn to judge gem quality factors and increase the consistency and accuracy of their colored stone grading skills. They will also learn about the relationship between light and color and develop their own color memory.
Required for GIA® GG and Graduate Colored Stones Diplomas, this lab class price is $1612 (check) or $1662 (credit card).
Pearl Grading Lab Class, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, February 28
During this program, attendees will discover techniques for selling pearls. They will learn how to buy and sell Akoya South Sea, Tahitian, and freshwater pearls. GIA’s 7 Pearl Value Factors™ will also be covered, as well as the difference between natural and cultured pearls, post-harvest treatments, imitations and pearl testing.
Required for GIA ® Graduate Pearls Program, this lab class price is $472 (check) or $522 (credit card)
The Atlanta Jewelry Show will be held Saturday, February 28 - Monday, March 2, 2015 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, GA. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. February 28 - March 1 and 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. March 2.