Graduate Diamonds Program

The Graduate Diamonds diploma program examines the technical expertise needed to grade, buy, and sell diamonds with the insight of a seasoned professional. This diploma program explores the GIA diamond grading procedures to assess the 4Cs – color, clarity, cut and carat weight – and how they affect diamond value. Students use professional diamond grading equipment for the purposes of examining a diamond’s quality characteristics to grade and identify diamonds.

What You'll Learn

  • Develop in-depth, hands-on experience with the GIA International Diamond Grading System™ and the 4Cs (color, clarity, cut and carat weight); appreciate how they affect diamond value
  • Grade diamonds in the D-to-Z color range
  • Detect diamonds treatments, simulants and laboratory-grown diamonds
  • Recognize when advanced testing is required

Possible Career Paths

  • Auction House Jewelry Specialist
  • Diamond Buyer
  • Diamond Grader
  • Diamond Assorter
  • Jewelry Business Owner
  • Jewelry Sales Professional
  • Retailer
  • Wholesaler
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Topics Covered

Here are some of the topics covered in the Graduate Diamonds diploma program.

PE_GGP_TopicsCovered-Diamond-132x74 DIAMONDS & DIAMOND GRADING

Judge and grade diamonds by the 4Cs and color.

PE_GGP_TopicsCovered-Equipment-132x74 EQUIPMENT & INSTRUMENTATION

Learn diamond identification and grading skills GIA graders use.


Identify gemstones that have been laboratory-grown, treated or are imitations.

PE_GGP_TopicsCovered-Markets-132x74 MARKETS & SUPPLY CHAINS

Understand how market factors and the supply chain affect value.



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STUDY AT THE GIA SCHOOL On Campus, full-time learning

Immerse yourself in the world of gems and jewelry and earn your Graduate Diamonds diploma by studying at a GIA campus. This transformative program opens up a world of opportunity.

Offered at the Following Campuses