An Exciting Career in the Gem and Jewelry Industry Can Be Yours With an Education from GIA

June 22, 2001


you are looking for a prestigious and challenging career, but aren’t sure

what path is right for you, why not consider the many facets of the gem

and jewelry industry?

A brilliant career can be yours with the right education and assistance

from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).

Graduates of GIA — the world’s foremost authority in gemology — are

in demand and are finding jobs every day in this exciting and lucrative

field. Whether in design, manufacturing, sales, finance, or management,

career possibilities abound, industry experts say.


opportunities in this industry span the spectrum,” said Anna Lisa Johnston,

the Institute’s career services manager, who has helped hundreds of GIA

graduates find employment. “And while there are a variety of opportunities

out there, one of the things employers in this industry are looking for

are candidates with an education from GIA.”

GIA offers an array of educational opportunities, including a program

geared specifically to existing and potential jewelry retail professionals.

This program, the Accredited Jewelry Professional (A.J.P.), gives prospective

and entry-level sales associates the chance to earn full GIA accreditation

as a qualified professional in a short amount of time.

Also available at GIA are the world-renowned Graduate Gemologist (G.G.)

and the popular Graduate Jeweler (G.J.). GIA’s G.G. provides the science

and technical knowledge of diamonds and colored stones. This program is

geared toward those interested in becoming a buyer, appraiser, or senior

professional. The GIA G.G. diploma can be earned on campus or through

a combination of distance education and extension classes. The G.J. diploma

program, offered exclusively at GIA’s world headquarters in Carlsbad,

Calif., teaches fabrication, repair, and stone-setting skills needed to

become a professional bench jeweler.

One of the best ways to get a foot in the door of the industry is to attend

one of GIA’s two annual Career Fairs, the largest in the gem and jewelry

industry and free to job seekers. During these events, to be held this

year in New York on July 27 and in Carlsbad on October 12, students and

job candidates can interview with top jewelry industry retailers, manufacturers,

designers, auction houses, and others. Various career opportunity seminars,

led by industry leaders including GIA’s President Bill Boyajian, will

give job candidates a chance to learn about the industry and how to get

in it.




Institute of America (GIA) Instructor Brenda Endl and a student

examine through a dual microscope some of the actual stones used

during one of GIA’s gemology classes. (Photo courtesy of GIA).