Jewellery designer Lorraine Schwartz has teamed up with the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and her longtime client and friend Beyoncé Knowles-Carter to support the education of black students.

The Beyoncé Knowles-Carter x Lorraine Schwartz GIA Scholarship will see two black students awarded full tuition payments plus expenses as they strive to achieve the institute’s highest accolade, the Graduate Gemologist diploma.

Applications for the scholarship open today and close 16 March, with GIA confirming that Beyoncé herself will select the two winning applicants.


Lorraine Schwartz commented: “This scholarship is an homage to Beyoncé for the inspiration she’s given me throughout my career.

“It’s about the love formed from relationships and knowing that, at the end of the day, we are all the same.

“Now I have the opportunity to bring that inspiration full circle and show the community the endless possibilities that are in this industry, especially for black professionals.”

Beyoncé added: “We both believe that learning is constant. This is a chance to learn from the best, create generational wealth and turn a love of gems into a career.”