GIA Holds First Grad­u­ate Di­a­monds Cer­e­mony in Jordan

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The Ge­mo­log­i­cal In­sti­tute of Amer­ica (GIA) re­cently held its first Grad­u­ate Di­a­monds Di­ploma pro­gramme in Am­man, Jordan, an im­por­tant con­sumer jew­ellery mar­ket in the Mid­dle East. The stu­dents, rang­ing from busi­ness own­ers to pro­fes­sion­als to con­sumers from across Jordan, grad­u­ated in a cer­e­mony which in­cluded an ad­dress by Osama Im­seeh, chair­man and gen­eral man­ager of the Im­seeh Group.

With more than 20 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in Jordan’s jew­ellery in­dus­try, Im­seeh also heads the Jor­da­nian Jewel­ers’ Syn­di­cate. Un­der his lead­er­ship, Im­seeh Jew­ellery ad­vanced its po­si­tion as the first and largest Jor­da­nian pro­ducer and sup­plier of lux­u­ri­ous and high qual­ity jew­ellery prod­ucts. Im­seeh shared his in­sights and learn­ings with the grad­u­ates en­cour­ag­ing them to pur­sue their pas­sions.

“The gem and jew­ellery in­dus­try in the Mid­dle East is grow­ing at a healthy rate. I be­lieve ed­u­ca­tion, train­ing and pas­sion will help the next-gen­er­a­tion of qual­i­fied pro­fes­sion­als in tak­ing over the reins. I am glad GIA is able to bring their in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion to Jor­da­ni­ans. This will help us take our re­tail growth to the next level,” said Im­seeh.

“Sup­port­ing the gem and jew­ellery in­dus­try across the globe through ed­u­ca­tion is es­sen­tial to GIA’s mis­sion. Of­fer­ing the Grad­u­ate Di­a­monds pro­gramme in Am­man is yet an­other step in our jour­ney to of­fer ed­u­ca­tion in the re­gion’s grow­ing mar­kets. We look for­ward to bring­ing ex­panded cour­ses such as Jew­ellery De­sign to the trade and con­sumers in Jordan,” said Nirupa Bhatt, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of GIA in In­dia and the Mid­dle East.

GIA’s Grad­u­ate Di­a­monds Di­ploma is a seven-week pro­gramme that teaches the GIA-cre­ated 4Cs (Colour, Cut, Clar­ity and Carat weight) and In­ter­na­tional Di­a­mond Grad­ing Sys­tem™. Stu­dents learn how di­a­monds are formed, mined, man­u­fac­tured and mar­keted; and how to iden­tify di­a­mond treat­ments for colour and clar­ity such as HPHT, coat­ing, ir­ra­di­a­tion, frac­ture fill­ing & laser drilling and com­mon di­a­mond sim­u­lants. The pro­gramme gives hands-on prac­ti­cal train­ing with state-of-theart gem­mo­log­i­cal equip­ment and prac­tice on ac­tual di­a­monds.

In ad­di­tion to class­room learn­ing, the in­au­gu­ral Am­man class re­ceived prac­ti­cal in­struc­tion dur­ing field trips to com­pa­nies rep­re­sent­ing dif­fer­ent parts of the in­dus­try. GIA also con­ducts cour­ses at ma­jor trade cen­tres in the Mid­dle East in­clud­ing Bahrain, Dubai, Kuwait, Le­banon, Qatar, Saudi Ara­bia and Turkey.

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