GIA Lab Sessions

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The Midwest Jewelers Association is hosting Colored Stone and Pearl Grading in October 2016. The sessions are sponsored by Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co. in Neenah, WI where they will be held. Each session is limited to 15 participants.

The cost of each session includes tuition, books, gems, materials, and facilitators fees. You are responsible for your travel, hotel charges (if using), and all meals. Jewelers Mutual has an on-site cafeteria for breakfast and lunch items that are priced moderately, and there are many fine restaurants nearby.

The Colored Stone Grading Lab Session is required for the GIA Graduate Gemologist diploma (along with the Diamond Grading Lab Session). You do not need to take the online class first. Full payment is due with your application. The cost of the sessions are:

Colored Stone Grading Lab Session:
State Affiliate Members: $1600.00
Non-Members: $1750.00

Pearl Grading Lab Session: $475.00

Colored Stones Grading Lab Session
Through extensive hands-on practice using gemstones, you will explore grading the color, clarity and cut quality of a wide range of colored stones. Coursework includes the study of the GIA Colored stone Grading System; how to describe color by hue, tone and saturation; and how to judge gem quality factors. Topics also include the relationship between light and color and developing color memory.

Class duration: 3 days

Pearl Grading Lab Session
Discover how the world’s foremost experts determine the quality of akoya, freshwater, South Sea, and Tahitian pearls. Explore GIA’s 7 Pearl Value Factors TM. Key topics include how to evaluate cultured pearls in order to promote the relationship between beauty, value, and quality in merchandise.

Class duration: 1 day

*Be sure to read the chemical safety disclosure in GIA’s online Education Catalog.


Colored Stone Grading Lab Session
October 17-19, 2016

Pear l Grading Lab Session
October 20, 2016

TIME: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co
24 Jewelers Park Drive Neenah, WI
For directions to JM, click on the “About Us” tab

*Parking is available at Jewelers Mutual

*Hotel charges, travel and all meal expenses are on your own.


Best Western Bridgewood Resort
1000 Cameron Way
Neenah, WI (located next door to Jewelers Mutual)
Phone: 920.720.8000 or 800.514.5206
*The Bridgewood Resort offers a complimentary breakfast.

Rate: $91 single/double
(You must make your own room reservation and you are responsible for your own hotel charges. The room block is under the Midwest Jewelers Association and reservation deadline is September 16, 2016.)

Click here to download the full brochure and registration

Click here to register online!


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P. O. Box 1604
Madison WI 53701-1604
Phone: (608) 257-3541
Fax: (888) 779-8755