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Gemological Institute of America

The Robert Mouawad Campus
5345 Armada Drive
Carlsbad, California 92008
Phone: 760.603.4001
Fax: 760.603.4003

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  • Setting: Small/College Town
  • Type: Private
  • School Size: Small
  • Type of Housing: Homestay, Apartment
  • Cost of Attendance: $21,103.84

Top Programs:

  1. Gemology
  2. Jewelry Manufacturing Arts
Gemologial Institute

Learn from the Leader

GIA is the perfect place for you to learn about gemology and jewelry design and manufacturing technology. The Institute created the 4Cs of diamond value, the International Diamond Grading System™, and other standards, and has been helping people grow and build their careers in the gem and jewelry industry since 1931. More than 90,000 industry professionals count themselves as alumni, and you can join their illustrious ranks.

Study Anywhere with GIA Distance Education

A prestigious GIA diploma is within your reach with GIA Distance Education. Study the same curriculum taught on a GIA campus from the comfort of your computer, at your convenience. Distance Education is comprised of online eLearning and on campus lab classes. eLearning courses boast exclusive GIA video, animations, and slideshows with commentary from experts, instructors, and researchers on the front lines of gemology. You can contact instructors when you have questions. Lab classes can be taken at one of GIA’s 11 campus locations.

Carlsbad or New York – Two Campuses in the United States to Choose From

Carlsbad, CA – GIA World Headquarters and Robert Mouawad Campus

When you study at the Robert Mouawad Campus at GIA World Headquarters, you’ll learn in the heart of the gemological world. You'll have instant access to the industry's most respected gem and jewelry authorities, the world's largest gemological library, the GIA museum, and state-of-the-art-classrooms designed for learning gemology and jewelry arts.

GIA New York

Just a block from the famed Diamond District, GIA’s New York campus is at the center of the industry. So what you learn in class one day, you’ll be able to apply at work the very next day.

GIA Education: Respected Around the World

Graduate Gemologist Diploma Program (26 weeks)

The most prestigious credential in the jewelry industry, the GIA Graduate Gemologist diploma program gives you the knowledge and skills to succeed anywhere along the gem and jewelry pipeline. You’ll learn how to grade diamonds, identify gemstones, and sell jewelry. You’ll also learn to identify characteristics, simulants, and treatments, and know when advanced testing is required. With the Graduate Gemologist credential, you’ll be able to chart your own course in the gem and jewelry industry.

Graduate Diamonds Diploma Program (7 weeks)

GIA invented the science of grading diamonds. Its gemologists created the 4Cs and the International Diamond Grading SystemTM – standards used by virtually all jewelry professionals. So there’s no one better to teach you about diamonds.

Graduate Colored Stones Diploma Program (19 weeks)

Colored stones come in a stunning variety of colors. Being able to evaluate them by quality, rarity, and color qualifies you for the entire spectrum of gemological careers.

Jewelry Design & Technology Diploma Program (26 weeks)

Technology is reshaping the way jewelry is designed and manufactured. The Jewelry Design & Technology diploma program teaches you critical skills for this new market place – and the time-tested ones that are still essential for success. You will learn the principles of design, product concept development, mold making, casting, rapid prototyping, wax milling, branding, marketing, manufacturing, and more.

Graduate Jeweler Diploma Program (26 weeks)

The Graduate Jeweler diploma program brings out the artist in you. You’ll transform precious metals and gemstones into stunning pieces of jewelry. Work with metals and gemstones at your own jeweler’s workbench. Master traditional techniques and the latest technologies. When you complete the program, you’ll have the essential skills of a professional bench jeweler with expertise in the art of hand fabrication, assembly of manufactured components, and custom order and repair work.

Jewelry Design (9 weeks)

You have inspired ideas, and the Jewelry Design course will teach you how to turn them into professionally illustrated works via hand-drawn illustrations and CAD/CAM (Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing). Along the way, you’ll learn jewelry design theory and artistry, drafting techniques, and how to render faceted gems, diamonds, and pearls. You’ll also learn how to illustrate the shape, form, and texture of yellow and white metal, and more. By the time you graduate, you will have a portfolio that will impress prospective employers.

Comprehensive CAD/CAM (7 weeks)

Turn your inspirations into photo-realistic renderings that will impress your clients. In just seven weeks, you’ll learn how to use state-of-the-art jewelry design and manufacturing-related software and hardware, and be able to take jewelry designs from concepts, to photo-realistic renderings, to casting-ready models.

GIA Career Services

GIA Career Services walks with you every step of your professional journey. That means providing guidance on how to write resumes, cover letters, and thank you letters; giving advice on interviewing; and more. Whether you’re a student or a long-time graduate, the Career Services staff is always happy to assist you.

GIA Gem and Jewelry Industry Job Board

GIA Career Services maintains an up to date database of U.S. and international job offerings in the jewelry industry. Employers from every industry sector list positions with us, including wholesalers, department stores, jewelry designers, auction houses, gem laboratories, and many others.

GIA Jewelry Career Fair

GIA hosts annual Jewelry Career Fairs. Amongst the gem and jewelry industry’s largest job fairs, GIA Career Fairs attract the industry’s top retailers, manufacturers, laboratories, and wholesalers. Whether you're in the middle of a career change or new to the working world, our Career Fairs give you the chance to explore everything the fine jewelry industry has to offer.

GIA Alumni Association

With more than 90,000 members and 60 global chapters across the globe, the GIA Alumni Association connects jewelry professionals around the world. The GIA Alumni Association serves and supports GIA Alumni, encouraging lifelong relationships. You can also take advantage of GIA’s continuing education programs and networking opportunities.


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