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Gemmology is the study of gemstones (Diamonds, Coloured Stones and Pearls). Education in this field is available through specialised institutes like GIA.

GIA is the world's foremost authority in 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, see About GIA.

GIA started its education operations in India in 2004 and lab operations in 2008. It is located in Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai.

GIA has its education and lab services facility at Mumbai, and classrooms in New Delhi and Surat. Additionally, GIA routinely conducts various seminars in additional locations across India. Call us Toll Free at 1800 41 999 14 to get an appointment with a GIA Representative close to your location.

GIA offers its diploma courses in Mumbai, Surat and New Delhi. In addition, GIA also conducts seminars across various locations in India. Call us Toll Free at 1800 41 999 14 to get an appointment with a GIA Representative close to your location.

All trainers are duly qualified and trained as per GIA norm practice worldwide.

All Diploma and Lab classes offered by GIA in India are the same as those offered in the US. Same curriculum is taught for these classes at every GIA campus. However, each campus has a different class schedule and the number of students per class may vary from location to location.

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 Online Education courses are accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). ACCSC and DEAC are listed by the U.S. Department of Education as nationally recognised accrediting agencies.

As a training partner of Gem and Jewellery Skill Sector Council of India (GJSCI), GIA has trained people from the industry under STAR scheme programme in 2013-14.

GIA in India offers courses in Diamond, Coloured Stones, Pearls, Jewellery Design and Merchandising.


Diploma Courses

  • 1)Graduate Gemologist
  • 2)Graduate Diamonds
  • 3)Graduate Colored Stones
  • 4)Applied Jewelry ProfessionalTM

Certificate Courses

  • 1)Jewelry Design
  • 2)Comprehensive CAD/CAM For Jewelry Certificate

Professional Development

  • 1)Introduction to Merchandising
  • 2)SWIFT Jewellery Design
  • 3)Small Diamond Assortment

Lab Classes

  • 1)Diamond Grading Lab class
  • 2)Gem Identification Lab class
  • 3)Colored Stone Grading Lab Class
  • 4)Pearl Grading Lab

For trade, GIA regularly offers seminars at various locations across India. Call us Toll Free at 1800 41 999 14 to get an appointment with a GIA Representative close to your location

Lab Classes are short-duration practical-oriented programmes. 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.

Where do I get details on GIA courses?

Detailed course contents are available on our website at GIA Programmes

Call us Toll Free at 1800 41 999 14 or email eduindia@gia.edu

The applicant for GIA courses should have higher H.S.C. or equivalent to 10 + 2. Also, all courses are conducted in English language only. Hence, proficiency in the English language is required. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

There is no entrance exam. However, there are limited seats per class. The seats are allotted on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Please refer to the Education Catalogue for full details of GIA Academic Policies including GIA policies on Attendance, Dismissal, and Satisfactory Academic Progress.

The following documents are required by students from India:
  • 1. Duly filled-up application form
  • 2. Proof of Education (Copy of higher secondary school, college, or university diploma or official transcript showing graduation date)
  • 3. Proof of Identity (Valid Passport copy, Driving Licence, PAN Card, Aadhaar card).
  • 4. One colour passport size photo
  • 5. Copy of PAN card (applicant/sponsor)
  • 6. Copy of cancelled cheque
Please refer to the Education Catalogue for more information on Admission Policies and Procedures.

For guidance, you can send us a brief about you at eduindia@gia.edu and we will respond with details. The following documents are required from International students:
  • 1. Duly filled-up application form
  • 2. Proof of Education (Copy of higher secondary school, college, or university diploma or official transcript showing graduation date)
  • 3. Proof of Identity (Valid Passport copy). For students being sponsored by their employing company, additional requirements include a cover letter from the company and a copy of photo identity card duly issued by a competent authority.
  • 4. One colour passport size photo
  • 5. Copy of valid student VISA to be provided before class start date.
  • 6. On Arrival, the student is required to register at the nearest police station and provide a copy of the same to GIA India Admissions Office.
  • 7. Complete FRRO registration within stipulated time, as per VISA requirement
Please refer to the Education Catalogue for more information on Admission Policies and Procedures.

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 equipment (for classroom use) are supplied.

Relevant information and assistance will be available at the front office of Mumbai campus of GIA in India. For assistance, please call us Toll Free at 1800 41 999 14 or email eduindia@gia.edu

Valid Student VISA is required for the same.

Installment facility is available for Graduate Diamonds, Graduate Colored Stones, Graduate Gemologist and Jewelry Design programmes. For assistance, please call us Toll Free at 1800 41 999 14 or email eduindia@gia.edu

GIA announces scholarships every year for students. Students can apply between 1 February - 31 March or 1 August - 30 September at GIA.edu/scholarships. For more information, please call us Toll Free at 1800 41 999 14 or email eduindia@gia.edu

GIA does not provide any loan facility.

Refund policies are applicable in case of cancellation of admission in a class. Please refer to application form for the refund policy.

After successfully completing a GIA programme or course, students will automatically become part of GIA Alumni Collective. To become a part of Alumni Chapter in India, you can register on collective.GIA.edu. To learn more, please call us on +91-22-40851238 or email alumnindia@gia.edu

GIA offers courses in Gujarat, Maharashtra and New Delhi. If you are interested in conducting lab classes or seminars for gems and jewellery fraternity or your organisation's employees, please call us Toll Free at 1800 41 999 14 for details or to get an appointment with a GIA Representative close to your location.

In Delhi, all Lab Classes and Seminars are offered. We also offer the coveted Graduate Gemologist Diploma Program at the GIA classroom at IIGJ Campus at Jhandewalan, New Delhi.

In Surat, all Lab Classes and Seminars are offered. We also offer the coveted Graduate Diamonds Diploma Program at the GIA classroom at Swastik Universal, Dumas Road, Piplod, Surat.

GIA programmes are suitable for employees to enhance their skills. Call us Toll Free at 1800 41 999 14 to get an appointment with a GIA Representative close to your location.

GIA conducts classes at client's locations. Call us Toll Free at 1800 41 999 14 to get an appointment with a GIA Representative close to your location.

GIA's programmes will give you cutting-edge knowledge required to grow in the industry. This knowledge is likely to give you an upper hand wherever you are working.

GIA Students Services team provides assistance to GIA Alumni in finding suitable industry placement. Interested companies from the gem and jewellery industry approach GIA with their requirements. The job description of desired candidates is circulated among Alumni. Interested Alumni can directly contact the hiring companies for suitable jobs on offer. Common enquiries are for diamond graders, gemmologists, jewellery designers and sales and marketing professionals.

GIA Placement Camps are a platform where recruiters and job-seekers from the gem and jewellery industry come together and communicate. GIA organises Placement Camps regularly. For more information, please call us Toll Free at 1800 41 999 14 or email eduindia@gia.edu

GIA does not offer job guarantee. GIA, however, organises Placement Camps regularly to bring together job-seekers and employers through the Student Services team. For more information, students and GIA Alumni can call us Toll Free at 1800 41 999 14 or email eduindia@gia.edu.

Anyone interested to pursue a career with GIA can reach out to the HR department at careersindia@gia.edu. The candidate will be contacted directly depending on requirement and suitability as per GIA's Employment Policy.

GIA student workrooms give Distance Education students affordable access to all the equipment and gemstones needed to complete the practical requirement of the Gem Identification course. This self-study room is also available to students who are preparing for the 20-stone final exam, taking a proctored exam, or simply practicing their grading and identification skills. Learn more about the Student Workroom here.

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