About this course
The Graduate Diamonds diploma program examines the technical expertise needed to grade, buy, and sell diamonds with the insight of a seasoned professional. This diploma program explores the GIA diamond grading procedures to assess the 4Cs – color, clarity, cut, and carat weight – and how they affect diamond value. Students use professional diamond grading equipment for the purposes of examining a diamond’s quality characteristics to grade and identify diamonds. Coursework also includes creating plotting diagrams; determining fluorescence; and detecting treated diamonds, synthetic diamonds, and diamond simulants. Other topics covered include the effect of fluorescence on diamond body color, the role cut plays in the marketplace, and important sectors of the diamond industry, including dealers, cutters, and manufacturers. When studying on campus, you will receive tweezers, a 10x loupe, a pointer probe, plotting pens, a gem cloth, a table gauge, a crown angle card, a color grading card, a lab manual, and printed course materials.
Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent to be admitted into GIA courses and programs.