CARLSBAD, Calif., April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The right qualifications are vital when competing for a job and, according to some jewelers in the Los Angeles area, the top resumes for positions such as selling fine jewelry, identifying and grading gemstones, and preparing appraisals, show a Graduate Gemologist (G.G.) diploma. Los Angeles-area residents interested in a career in the prestigious gem and jewelry industry can qualify for positions like these by earning a G.G. diploma from the Los Angeles branch of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). The next classes start May 7. "A Graduate Gemologist diploma is a definite plus when I'm looking at applications," said Linda Abell, G.G., vice president of Sarah Leonard Fine Jewelers in West Los Angeles, which currently has eight G.G.'s on its staff. "We prefer and actively seek out G.G.'s because they already have the expertise and don't require the basic training. For us, that's invaluable." Veronica Clark-Hudson, director of GIA's Los Angeles branch, said this training can open the door for networking opportunities and potential employment in such positions as staff gemologist, diamond or colored stone buyer, appraiser, auction house jewelry specialist, or sales professional. Consisting of a seven-week Diamonds course and a 19-week Colored Stones course, the G.G. diploma program offers students the opportunity to examine hundreds of diamonds and more than 1,500 gemstones, as well as learn the fundamentals of diamond grading, gem identification, and jewelry sales techniques. For further information on GIA Los Angeles and the Graduate Gemologist (G.G.) diploma program, call 213-833-0115, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.gia.edu. About GIA An independent nonprofit organization, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is recognized as the world's foremost authority in gemology. Established in 1931, GIA has translated its expert knowledge into the most respected gemological education available. In 1953, the Institute created the International Diamond Grading System(TM) which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world. Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism. Media queries contact: Alexander Angelle 760-603-4112.
SOURCE Gemological Institute of America