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    Natural Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert Sea Urchin's Avatar
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    Congrats, SunSeeker!

    I took a GIA correspondence course in diamonds years ago so I know what you mean about not feeling all that qualified due to lack of actually handling many in person. But I've come to realize I am meant to be a buyer of goodies anyway, not a seller, ha.

    Touring pearl farms sounds like a great adventure. Keep us posted!

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    Museum Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert JerseyPearl's Avatar
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    Sea Urchin, I would love to take courses as you have...but that's one of the reasons why this site (and it's members) is so helpful!! I have learned so much about pearls, how to style them, and I am even learning how to string them!

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    No they don't ( not that I know of anyway). This was years ago more than I care to mention, I was literally just out of high school (90's good grief).

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    Does GIA even offer Pearl and Bead Stringing anymore? There are so many free tutorials (both good and bad) available now.

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    Pearl Scholar Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert pattye's Avatar
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    Ahem, well, a few of us have been out of high school a few more years than you, lol!
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    I'm laughing that "years out of high school" and '90's came with a good grief...there is a great tutorial on PG, fyi.

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    LoL sorry Ladies, I didn't even think about that on my self reflection!

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    congrats sunseeker! that sounds like a ton of fun AND a ton of work, you GO!

    maybe there's a P-G certification of some sort that someone could come up with? Official Pearl Guide Official or something?

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    How did I miss this?

    We represent the class of the 90's! Cuz we rock LoL.

    Quote Originally Posted by juliebeth View Post
    congrats sunseeker! that sounds like a ton of fun AND a ton of work, you GO!

    maybe there's a P-G certification of some sort that someone could come up with? Official Pearl Guide Official or something?

    **coughCLASS OF 90!!cough**

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    **FISTBUMP** oh yeah!
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    Btw…I totally agree with you. The industry expertise and experience on this forum far out ways GIA reputation IMO (and I am a GIA Alumni, happily so) but the neglect of pearls by GIA is sad. I think the founders and sponsors of Pearl-guide could be influential enough to start their own pearl education and certification course :-) and it would hold merit/esteem industry wide.

    Quote Originally Posted by juliebeth View Post
    **FISTBUMP** oh yeah! maybe there's a P-G certification of some sort that someone could come up with? Official Pearl Guide Official or something?

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    You guys are really cracking me up! ..class of 90---good grief! (Note to self: do not drink coffee while reading this post!) Pattye, there was no pearl stringing/ knotting instruction as part of the hands-on lab when I attended. I actually expected it, but it wasn't part of the course. In fact, I would have really appreciated a detailed chapter on jewelry manufacturing/construction with pearls. Toward the end there was some discussion with respect to design with different types of jewelry. Also, BTW, my lab instructor mentioned that GIA may include pearl instruction as part of their gemologist program, but I haven't heard any updates.

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    In the early 90's Pearl and Bead Stringing was a stand alone class, at least for the distance education. Part of the course was on "GASP" VHS tapes lol. Counter Sketching was also a stand alone class. They also offered a class in Fine Jewelry Sales, where they taught aspects of display, lighting etc…in addition to gemstone lore, metal lore, design aspects, with a focus on selling techniques.

    SunSeeker- My introduction to GIA was through a Little Jewelry store in Fair Oaks Mall :-)

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    You guys are really cracking me up! ..class of 90---good grief! (Note to self: do not drink coffee while reading this post!) Pattye, there was no pearl stringing/ knotting instruction as part of the hands-on lab when I attended. I actually expected it, but it wasn't part of the course. In fact, I would have really appreciated a detailed chapter on jewelry manufacturing/construction with pearls. Toward the end there was some discussion with respect to design with different types of jewelry. Also, BTW, my lab instructor mentioned that GIA may include pearl instruction as part of their gemologist program, but I haven't heard any updates.
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    Congrats. I have been busy and late with my response. Maybe this will get me studying.

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    BPDDC, Fair Oaks, as in Sacramento area or the City? I'm glad there is a renewed interest in stringing and knotting. I'd think it would be a popular course if available.
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    The Mall I speak of is in Northern Virginia ( I lived all of my childhood and early young adulthood in VA)

    Quote Originally Posted by pattye View Post
    BPDDC, Fair Oaks, as in Sacramento area or the City? I'm glad there is a renewed interest in stringing and knotting. I'd think it would be a popular course if available.

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