To understand the mesmerizing, magical and invincible diamond, Independent offers The Diamond Graduate Program which is specifically designed to equip the learner with the knowledge to truly appreciate the diamond in all its glory, besides learning about the latest developments in the global diamond industry. In addition to the 4C's, the course covers how to differentiate between diamonds and diamond simulants, the identification of various clarity and color enhancements, as well as an overview of valuations according to domestic and international market conditions.
This intensive course will quickly help the student reach a level of expertise to confidently identify, grade and evaluate price demands according to international grading and trading practices. It will teach detailed grading techniques, and is ideally suited for individuals with time constraints.
A combination of intensive lab sessions and individual one-on-one instruction enables students to learn how to grade diamonds accurately using a gem microscope and 10x loupe.
The Diamond Assortment & Mounted Jewelry Grading program is specifically designed to assist students in grading parcels of loose diamonds, as well as mounted jewelry containing many small diamonds. Working with smaller diamonds requires expertise as well as speed. Analyzing and evaluating these small diamonds in mounted conditions is a difficult and challenging process, due to the wide range of available setting styles, as well as the influence the metal color has on the final diamond grade.
To uncover hidden design talents and bring forth the creativity buried in the soul of the jewelry designer, Independent offers the Jewelry Design Graduate Program. This program brings out each individual's innate creativity, helping gem and jewelry professionals and enthusiasts alike to design with ability and confidence.
It teaches an apprentice designer the basics as well as the intricacies of designing all types of jewelry, along with estimating materials required and costs involved.
Through practical work the designers are encouraged and guided to express their creativity by designing a portfolio of their own individual styles.
To explore the exotic world of colored gemstones, Independent offers the colored stone identification program. This program will equip participants with the relevant grading and identification skills that help them to broaden their knowledge of gemstones. They will be able to evaluate various types of gemstones and become confident buyers, appraisers, retailers and investors.