I have been following the feedback on GIA’s program for
certification as a GG , and its advantages and applicability to the
This is of particular interest to me. I have just completed what I am
told is a comparable program . Graduate of Gemological Science .
This is the one semester program at TIJT, Paris Texas.
This program was started in 1977. I took it this fall semester.
Colored stone identification ( 450 stones ) and Diamond Grading ( 10
stones ) must be completed for graduation . In addition. final test of
20 more Colored stones and 4 Diamonds to be graded . All tests in
essay format. Final test oral .
For certification, another class, Applied Jewelry Practices, is
This is completed during 1 semester . I had to come back for two
more additional days lab time . This was to complete my 450 CORRECTLY
IDENTIFIED stones. I worked my butt off ! I also received college
credit for a total of 15 credit hrs.
My payment to the school, TIJT, branch of Paris Jr. College, was
approximately $ 3,500.00 . This was tuition, lab fees, room and
board , I spent $ 500.00 in addition for books and tools. Most of this
was for books.
How well is this certification ( GGS ) known or received. ?
As I intend to continue my education in this field what other
recommendation could be made ? Let me thank all of the membership for
their past help and encouragement.
ROBB - Retired Old Baby Boomer