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Question out there for who might have a answer. GIA course vs GIA Diamond and Grading is A few bucks more than DCA’s for $ 125 or $175 for 22 LESSONS, online print version vs GIA $1,670 on-line for 20 lessons .

Finished the Prerequisite and Currently taking the GIA Diamonds and Grading class (online). And I just came crosses this post and surprised about what i read on:
Looking at taking the Colored gems and color gems grading. Wonder what other people/students hindsight is?

Thank you, Joe

Hi Joe

I think it would depend on why you are taking the classes. I am a GIA graduate gemologist, now working as an appraiser and in sales, as well as making my own jewelry. I loved the course (I did distance learning) and have found it extremely useful in my new career. As an appraiser, I have found it is an invaluable credential, as it is required at times in certain circumstances.

The link to the yourgemologist post wasn’t working, so I can’t comment on that.

Hope this was helpful


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Have you taken a look at :slight_smile: ?

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Was not sure what I was wanting to-get out of the GIA classes. I was think it be cool to make a few Bucks that would help me making jewelry. I been working on Silver smithing, lapidary, engraving , faceting and set a few CZ.

I am rambling, but figure this GIA Classes could help me develop some skills. Any options / insights?

But I am so spread out , that now I am try to focus on something that I could do that I could
make a few buck, at least pay for my Hobby maybe even a part/full time career . I Am 70 and think out Louis possibilities. I since I posted this I finished the G.I.A online A.J.P and it was very informative and I wanted to try a few more classes. Now I am finishing up The Diamond and Diamond Grading Classes which is a lot if information! Now I need to schedule a Proctor Test.

Thank you, Joe

Sorry - I meant International Gem Society. International School of Gemology is no longer operating.

We offer a Professional Gemologist Certification Course and a Diamond Specialist Course - we are rolling out a bunch of colored stone mini courses which will be included for anyone who is a Pro Member. Membership information is here.