GIA Lab Classes

2018: The Midwest Jewelers Association is hosting the Diamond Grading Lab April 30 - May 4. The session is sponsored by Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co. in Neenah, WI where the class will be held. The session is limited to 15 participants.

The cost includes tuition, books, use of 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 Diamond Grading Lab Session is required for the GIA Graduate Gemologist diploma. You do not need to take the online class first.


Diamond Grading Lab Session
Through a unique combination of hands-on training, one-on-one coaching, and multimedia, the Diamond Grading lab session explores how to grade diamonds consistently and accurately using a modern gem microscope and a jeweler’s loupe. Students study GIA’s International Diamond Grading System™, explore time-saving shortcuts to determine a variety of grading factors, and are introduced to methods for reading a GIA Diamond Grading Report. You will spend more than 16 hours practicing grading techniques on diamonds that were carefully selected and graded by GIA. In the process, you will study how to recognize the most common diamond features. Students must pass a two-stone practical exam to complete the class successfully. Once you have completed the class, you will keep a lab manual, a pointer probe, a gem cloth, a plotting pen set, a table gauge, a crown angle card, and a color grading card.

Session duration: 5 days (35 clock hours)
What you earn: Letter of Completion

Diamond Grading Lab Session: $2495.00
Full payment is due with your application. No refunds after March 1, 2018.

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


Diamond Grading Lab Session
April 30 - May 4, 2018

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: $99 single, plus taxes 
You must make your own room reservation and you are responsible for your own hotel charges. We are no longer holding a block of rooms, however, you can still get a room rate of $99/single if you tell them you are under the Jewelers Mutual room rate. The rate includes a $10 voucher good at their Ground Round Restaurant.


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Other lab classes to be offered in the future

Gem Identification Lab
The Gem Identification Lab will be held August 6 - 10, 2018. Registration will be mailed out separately.

Class duration: 3 days

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


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