Gemological Institute of America
History and Achievements of GIA
- GIA was founded in 1931 by Robert M. Shipley.
- Shipley launched a preliminary course in gemology in 1930 to train and certify jewelers.
- The first GIA gemological laboratory was established in Los Angeles in 1931.
- The Certified Gemologist professional designation was introduced by GIA.
- In 1953, GIA developed the International Diamond Grading System and the four Cs.
Research and Development at GIA
- GIA conducts research to advance the science of gemology.
- Research focuses on methods to identify and characterize gems.
- GIA has developed grading methodologies for diamond color and clarity.
- Current research includes improved detection techniques for treated and synthetic diamonds.
- Research also covers treated sapphires, rubies, and pearls.
GIA Laboratory Services
- GIA Laboratory provides gem grading and identification reports for diamonds.
- Diamond grading reports determine characteristics like color, clarity, cut, and carat weight.
- GIA issues different types of reports for natural diamonds, including the Diamond Grading Report and Diamond Dossier.
- GIA also provides colored stone identification reports and pearl reports.
- Diamond reports from GIA are demanded by consumers purchasing diamonds over a certain size.
Education and Training Programs at GIA
- GIA offers programs and courses online and at campus locations worldwide.
- Accredited on-campus courses are available in Carlsbad and New York.
- GIA offers corporate training programs and collaborates with trade organizations.
- Completion of specific programs leads to recognized credentials like Graduate Gemologist (GG) and Jewelry Design & Technology (JDT).
- GIA educates the industry and the public through publications and outreach efforts.
GIA Library and Information Center
- The Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library and Information Center is located at GIA's headquarters.
- The collection includes books, magazines, journals, videos, digital images, maps, and jewelry design renderings.
- The library covers the history and modern development of gemology.
- It is open to the public and the jewelry trade for research.
- A reference staff with gemological expertise is available for assistance.
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