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ASA/GIA to Offer Advanced Gemological Training

Jan 24, 2014

ASA is pleased to announce its continued partnership with the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) to offer advanced gemological training to gems and jewelry professionals.

Based on the overwhelming success of the pilot course developed by GIA for ASA Advanced Diamond Grading returns for a second offering to be held Monday, April 28 – Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at GIA’s Carlsbad, CA, flagship campus with instruction provided by GIA personnel.

“Continuing education is of paramount importance to practicing jewelry appraisers”, says Teri Brossmer, a Glendora, CA based gemological and valuation expert who holds ASA, MGA® and G.G designations. As education chair for the society’s gems and jewelry discipline, Brossmer adds “We strive to provide our members with the best jewelry appraisal education available and since GIA is the preeminent laboratory for diamond grading, this collaboration is a perfect fit. The subject matter covered in this course is immediately applicable to our daily practice as professional jewelry appraisers.”

The course will cover clarity and color grading techniques employed in the GIA laboratories, followed by hands-on; mounted diamond grading considerations; identification of diamond treatments and synthetics; and ends with a tour of the Carlsbad laboratory.

This course is expected to sell out quickly and space is limited. Register early to ensure your spot. Tuition is $995 for ASA members and $1,095 for non-members.

Immediately following the course, ASA’s newly updated GJ202 Introduction to Gems and Jewelry Appraising—Intended Use, Insurance Coverage course will be offered Wednesday, April 30 – Saturday, May 3, 2014.

This course is required for those seeking ASA accreditation and will also appeal to practicing gems and jewelry appraisers. It offers the most current information regarding terminology and USPAP requirements, and the opportunity to network with top-level appraisers from across the country, in a small group of highly motivated learners, whose interaction will enhance one another’s understanding of the material.

Tuition is $895 for ASA members and $1,145 for non-members.

Grants for students to pay for tuition are available from the ASA Educational Foundation.

To register or for more information visit or call (800) 272-8258.