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
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
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