Globally Recognised GIA Programme Successfully Debuts in Chennai Eleven students earn Graduate Diamonds diploma

Chennai: GIA (Gemological Institute of America) recently hosted its first Graduate Diamonds (GD) commencement ceremony in Chennai. Eleven students – with backgrounds ranging from retail to wholesale – graduated in the presence of prominent members of the Chennai gem and jewellery industry and local trade association officials.  
Special guests included Jayanthilal Challani, President of Madras Jewellers & Diamond Merchants' Association (MJDMA); Anand Padmanaban of NAC Jewellers; Babu Immanuel of OKJ Jewellers and former president of MJDMA; Mahaveer Bothra, –managing director of White Fire; and Abhay Mehta, managing director of Mehta Jewellery. The dignitaries handed out diplomas and offered advice to the new graduates.
The GD Diploma equips students with comprehensive knowledge of GIA’s International Diamond Grading System™ and provides in-depth training in the 4Cs (Colour, Cut, Clarity and Carat weight) of diamond quality. Students learn about advanced gemmological techniques including how to detect and identify synthetics, simulants, treatments and fracture-filled diamonds, thus making them ready for prospective employers. In addition to classroom lessons, GIA facilitates hands-on learning through regular market visits – such as manufacturing facilities and retail houses – to gain an understanding of day-to-day business. Students have the unique opportunity to experience the journey of gemstones from rough to retail.  
“Part of GIA’s mission has included reaching out to key centres across India with quality vocational courses that teach relevant and practical concepts in the gem and jewellery industry,” said Nirupa Bhatt, managing director of GIA India and the Middle East. “Introducing the programme in Bengaluru and now Chennai are positive steps in this direction. I thank our industry members from the Chennai for their participation in this special event, and wish the students success on their careers ahead.”