FAQs

Gemology

What is Gemology and how does one get education in this field?
Gemology is the study of gemstones (Diamonds, Colored Stones and Pearls). Education in this field is available through specialized institutes like GIA.

About GIA

Want ant to know more about GIA.
GIA is the world’s foremost authority on diamonds, coloured stones, and pearls. GIA exists to protect all purchasers of gemstones, by providing the education, laboratory services, research and instruments needed to accurately and objectively determine gemstone quality.
For more info, visit us at http://giamideast.com/about-gia-worldwide

About GIA INDIA

Does GIA have its operations in India?

GIA has its education services and lab services facility at Mumbai.Additionally GIA India routinely conducts various classes in different towns across India. Call toll-free number 1800-102-1566 to get appointment with GIA Contact person close to you

When did GIA start operations in India?

GIA started its education operations in India in 2004 and lab operations in 2008.It’s now located in Bandra-Kurla Complex in Mumbai.

Does GIA offer courses in different cities?

GIA offers its diploma courses in Mumbai, Surat, Jaipur, Chennai, Bengaluru and Delhi. GIA lab classes & seminars are conducted across various locations in India. Call toll-free number 1800-102-1566 to get appointment with GIA Contact person close to you.

What is the qualification of the GIA trainers in India?

All trainers are duly qualified & trained per GIA norm,practiced worldwide.

Are the courses offered by GIA India same as in US?
Yes. All Diploma and Lab classes offered are same.

About Courses and Academics

What courses are available at GIA?

GIA India offers courses in Diamond, Colored Stones, Pearls, Jewellery Design, Sales Skills, and Merchandising
Diploma Courses
1) Graduate Gemologist (GG)
2) Graduate Diamond (GD)
- Full time course at Campus
- Through Home study (Accelerated GD)
3) Graduate Colored Stones (GCS)
4) Accredited Jewelry Professional (AJP)
Certificate Courses
1) Jewelry Design (JD)
Lab Classes
1) Diamond Grading Lab class (DGL)
2) Gem Identification Lab class (GID)
3) Colored Stone Grading Lab Class (CSGL)
4) Pearl Grading Lab (PGL)
Seminars on diamonds, Colored stones and Pearls
New Courses
1) Sales Excellence
2) SWIFT Jewellery designing
Hobby Classes
Vacation classes for School students
The duration for courses offered range from 2 hours to 6 months.

What are lab classes?

Lab classes are short duration programmes,which are practical oriented. Diamond grading lab class, Gem Identification lab class, Colored stone grading lab class and Pearl grading lab class are ideal for enhancing skills and to be proficient in respective areas.
For more details, please view our catalogue on http://www.giamideast.com/gia/View_Catlogue.aspx

Are GIA courses accredited in US?

GIA Carlsbad is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). GIA New York is accredited by the ACCSC as a branch of GIA Carlsbad. ACCSC’s accreditation is institutional in nature and includes GIA on-campus education only. GIA’s Distance Education courses are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). ACCSC and DETC are listed by the U.S. Department of Education as nationally recognized accrediting agencies.

Where do I get details on GIA courses?

Detailed course contents are available on our website at http://www.giamideast.com/gia/GDP.aspx
The catalogue can be viewed / downloaded by visiting our website at http://www.giamideast.com/gia/View_Catlogue.aspx
Alternatively, please contact us at Toll-Free No. 1800 102 1566 or send a mail to education.giaindia@gia.edu

Where do I get details on GIA academic policy?

Detailed academic policies can be referred to in our catalogue.
The catalogue can be viewed / downloaded by visiting our website at http://www.giamideast.com/gia/View_Catlogue.aspx
Alternatively, please contact us at Toll-Free No. 1800 102 1566 or send a mail to education.giaindia@gia.edu
Eligibility

What is the eligibility criterion for enrolling in any GIA course?
The applicant for GIA Diploma / Lab classes should have minimum higher secondary or equivalent qualification.

Are there any entrance exams for GIA courses?
There is no entrance exam. However, number of seats per class is limited. The seats are allotted on first-come-first-serve basis.

Admissions Criteria

Which documents are requiredto be submitted along with the enrolment form?
The following documents are required by students from India:-
1. Duly filled up application form
2. Education proof (12 + or equivalent)
3. ID proof (passport / driving license)
4. Photo – 2 copies
5. Bank details (Cancelled blank cheque of your bank account)

What are the admission requirements for International Students?
The following documents are required from International students:-
1. Detail request form for approval
2. Duly filled up application form
3. Education proof (12 + or equivalent)
4. ID proof (passport / driving license)
5. Photo – 2 copies
6. Copy of valid student visa to be provided on arrival
7. Copy of registration at nearest local police station on arrival
8. Bank details

What costs will I incur in addition to the tuition fees?
Food, housing, local transportation, insurance, medical services, and entertainment are additional expenses that are not covered by tuition payments. However, as an On Campus student, your books, materials and course-related equipments are supplied.

Can you help me find accommodation in Mumbai?
Relevant information and assistance will be available at the front office of GIA India Mumbai campus.

I am an international student.What kind of VISA is required by GIA India to attend a class?
Valid Student VISA is required for the same.

Does GIA India accept payment by credit card?
No.
At present, we accept payment only by Bank transfer or Cheques or Cash.

Is there any Installment facility available for paying course fees?
Yes.
This is available for GD, GCS, GG and JD programmes.
Please get in touch with our education advisors for details

Is there any fee assistance / scholarship provided?
GIA announces scholarship every year for students, which is displayed on web-site. Please contact us for more details

Is there any loan facility available from GIA to pursue education?
No. We do not have such facility.

Where do I find refund policies?
Refund policies are applicable in case of cancellation of admission in a class. Please refer to enrolment form / catalogue for refund policy.

Can I transfer my course dates?
Processing fee is applicable for changing batches. Transfer is accepted for Diploma batches up-to 1 month in advance.

Alumni

What are the benefits of becoming an Alumni of GIA?
The Alumni Association’s mission is to reach, serve and engage GIA alumni; to encourage lifelong relationships, provide opportunities for continuing education and foster networking throughout the gem and jewelry industry

Are any Alumni invited for any Seminars /Trade Shows?
Yes, alumni is invited for trade shows and also for special seminars organized by GIA for its alumni members.

I am GG from US can I be part of India Alumni?
You automatically become a part of the international alumni group once you have registered online at www.gia.edu.For local registration, you can contact GIA India for assistance.

Locations/Branches in India

Where does GIA offer its courses?
GIA offers courses at over 60 locations in India.
If you are interested in holding GIA lab classes / seminars for your Jewellery fraternity or team, please contact us for details. GIA will make efforts to conduct class in your city.
Call toll-free number 1800-102-1566 to get appointment with GIA Contact person close to you.

Which courses are available in Delhi?
In Delhi, all lab classes and seminars are offered. We have also launched the coveted Graduate Diamond Diploma programme at our GIA classroom at IIGJ Campus @ Jhandewalan

Which courses are available in Surat?
In Surat, all lab classes and seminars are offered. We have also launched the coveted Graduate Diamond Diploma programme at our GIA classroom at Surat Diamond Association Premises @ Varachha Road

Which courses are available in Jaipur?
In Jaipur, all lab classes and seminars are offered. We have also launched the coveted Graduate Diamond Diploma programme at our GIA classroom at Rajasthan Chamber Bhavan @ Ajmeri gate.

Corporate Clients

What seminars/Training programmes are available for Manufacturers or their employees?
We have various seminars ranging from half-day to 2 days including Cut Grade (Polish & Symmetry), Color, Clarity, Fancy Grade etc for Diamond Manufacturers employees. This is part of our Skill building seminar series.

What courses are available for Retail business?
GIA offers customized seminars and courses which are exclusivelydesigned keeping the client’s requirements. This includes 1-3 days seminar with emphasis on various gemstones and soft skills to improve knowledge and enhance performance of your team For further details please contact our team or contact us at Toll-Free No. 1800 102 1566 or sending mail with query to e-mail id - education.giaindia@gia.edu

Can GIA deliver customized courses for our staff?
Yes.
Call toll-free number 1800-102-1566 to get appointment with GIA Contact person close to you.

Can GIA conduct training at our Location?
Yes.
Call toll-free number 1800-102-1566 to get appointment with GIA Contact person close to you.

What courses are available for enhancing the selling skills of my staff?
GIA has launched the 2 days Sales Excellence Program.
Call toll-free number 1800-102-1566 to get appointment with GIA Contact person close to you.

Career/ Placement

have industry experience. How GIA course help to enhance my career?
GIA education will give you cutting edge knowledge required to grow in the industry. This knowledge will give you an upper hand wherever you are working.

Does GIA provide Placement assistance?
Yes. We provide assistance to the GIA Alumni members. Interested companies from the gem and jewellery industry approach GIA with their required candidate profiles, which are circulated among Alumni. Interested students can directly contact the hiring companies for jobs.
Common enquiries are for diamond graders, gemologists, jewellery designers, sales & marketing professionals.

What is GIA Career Fair?
The GIA Career Fair is a platform where potential employers and employees from the G&J industry come together and communicate. GIA organizes such Career fairs regularly and have so far conducted at Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai.
For more details, please visit us at ; http://www.giamideast.com/gia/Introduction_to_the_Career_Fair.aspx

Does GIA assure a Job?
No. GIA does not give any job guarantee.
It however assures an opportunity to meet prospective employers through its unique initiative the “GIA Jewellery Career Fair”.
Call toll-free number 1800-102-1566 to get appointment with GIA Contact person close to you and know more about upcoming GIA Career Fair in or close to your city.

After my course with GIA, can I get a job in GIA?
Anyone interested to pursue career with GIA can apply to the HR department at hr.giaindia@gia.edu. The candidate will be contacted directly by them depending on requirement and suitability as per GIA policy

Hobbyist

courses available for Diamond Purchases?
GIA does not have courses on diamond costing/ pricing, however the other essential requirements for diamond purchases such as clarity, color and cut grading are taught in the GIA courses.

Are there any courses for Jewelry Purchases?
GIA does not have courses on jewelry costing/ pricing.

Does GIA give guidance on maintenance of diamond jewelry?
Yes.
In the diamond related seminars GIA give guidance on how to maintain your diamond jewelry.

Vacation Courses and Junior Gemologist

there any courses available during vacation?
Yes. We have hobby classes during the vacation for housewives and school students

Are there any introductory courses towards Diamonds and Colored stone?
Yes. The Gemmology for Gen-Next programme has been created especially for the young school going students with information on diamonds and colored stones.

For more details and registration contact :-
Toll Free : 1800 102 1566
Mobile : 081081 86683
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