First thing, GIA is an international school. So I probably should have convinced my dad to let me go to their Bangkok or Belgium location but we will save that for another blog.
GIA has a range of different class from their 1 week Diamond Break down class to their 10 month become a Gemologist course. Learning anything from Pearls to Computer Aided Jewelry Design courses ( my step-sister is currently enrolled in this class I'll interview her and write a blog about it when she's done! ) and also classes for becoming a bench jeweler and jewelry design classes as well.
Basically the one and only school for our industry, lets be real.
I took all the Diamond classes and then moved on to colored stones and ended up finishing everything and taking the BIG TEST to become a Gemologist.
One thing I love was having students from all over the world in my classes and getting to hear all about their backgrounds and personal experiences in the industry. Ill never forget one of the guys in my class was always bragging that his dad was a De Beers Site holder. ( Meaning his dad was the equivalent of a diamond God! ) Just kidding, ill explain what a site holder is later on but just know its a very high status in the jewelry industry and there's only like 8 in the world.
Also when I graduated they took the whole class on a little tour of the secret and very secure under ground stone grading lab. Lets just say.. I saw some EXXXXTRA large Diamonds and some color hues I didn't even know existed in sapphires.
But back to class!
First we learned the basics aka what is a diamond and where do they come from?
Well let me tell you..
A Diamond is literally just pure carbon.
Wait what? JUST Pure carbon .. Please explain!
OK I will
Check out my next blog, THE DIAMOND BREAKDOWN