GIA Launches "The Definitive Pearls Course"
The JCK Las Vegas Show marks the launch of GIA's latest educational offering - the much anticipated GIA Pearls Course. Promising the most thorough and up-to-date pearl education available anywhere, the 11-assignment distance education course has been developed in collaboration with the world's leading trade organizations including the South Sea Pearl Consortium; Perles de Tahiti G.I.E.; and the Japan Pearl Exporters' Association.
GIA's new Pearls Course has been designed to teach:
a solid knowledge base in: natural, akoya, South Sea, Tahitian, freshwater, keshi, blister, and mabe pearls GIA's 7 Pearl Value Factors(tm) - size, shape, color, luster, surface quality, nacre quality and matching post harvest treatments, imitation pearls, and pearl testing
a review of the most popular types of pearl jewelry surefire sales techniques. The course is priced at $495 for an introductory period, and includes both a fascinating educational support video, which looks at pearl locations and pearl farming, and an in-store display wall chart which chronicles the role played by pearls throughout history.
Completion of the 11-assignments, six questionnaires, and a supervised final exam, will earn the student a GIA Pearls Certificate.
'Even experienced professionals need a course that accounts for the broad new range of pearl color and product lines,' said Joel Schechter, president of Honora. 'The round white akoya will always be a classic, but now there's Tahitian, South Sea, Chinese freshwater, and many more entering the market. GIA's Pearls Course teaches it all!'
Fran Mastoloni, vice president of Frank Mastoloni and Sons, is equally positive in his praise for the course. He said; 'GIA, and many of the world's most respected pearl experts, have produced the definitive pearls course. It's concise, up-to-date, and extraordinarily practical. And it will instantly become the industry standard.'
To gain practical, hands-on experience in grading pearls using the GIA Pearl Description System, students are encouraged to complement their newly found knowledge from the new GIA Pearls Course by also undertaking the GIA Pearl Grading Extension Class, introduced earlier this year. The additional, two-day or four-night, extension class is offered in various cities throughout the United States, and also on campus in Carlsbad, New York, Los Angeles, Italy, Japan and Hong Kong. The extension class also costs $495.
To enroll for the new GIA Pearls Course, the GIA Pearl Grading Extension Class, or to find out more about GIA's educational offerings worldwide call toll-free to (800) 421-7250 ext. 4001 or (760) 603-4001
Distance learning? I found this ad today. Anyway, it may be a fun thing for those of us with a passion to investigate. I mean, after all, we have the best professors in the world at our disposal to help us along!