GIA London to cut diamond and gem course fees for group’s members.
UK jewellery and watch buying organization the Houlden Group has announced a signed agreement with the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) to offer a reduced rate to its members on the Institute’s gemmological courses.
Houlden Group members will receive a reduced rate on GIA’s eLearning courses and classes at the London campus, with a curriculum covering diamonds, coloured gemstones, pearl grading and gem identification.
Stuart Laing, chief executive of the Houlden Group said: “GIA is a very well respected organisation tasked with upholding the highest standards of integrity and quality in the jewellery industry.
“The agreement to offer reduced rates on GIA’s highly regarded courses for Houlden Group members is significant as many great people from the gem and jewellery field started out as GIA students.”
GIA is said to be the creator of the famous Four Cs of diamonds – colour, clarity, cut and carat, and has graded and identified more gemstones than its counterparts, including the famous Hope and Taylor-Burton diamonds.
Edward Johnson, education director at the GIA in London said: “We are pleased to serve the constituency of this renowned jewellery and watch buying organization.
“Education is a critical component to everyone in the industry value chain, including buyers. Our goal with this offering is to support Houlden Group members who wish to professionalise themselves by achieving the most up-to-date gemmological knowledge, which is a powerful tool in this industry.”
The Houlden Group has described the GIA partnership as another benefit of its membership, which also includes “special buying terms and a range of business services such as marketing”.