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GIA to offer more than 140 scholarships for 2011 July 08 2010, 0 Comments

Carlsbad, Calif--The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) launched its 2011 scholarship season this June, kick-starting it with an offering of more than 140 scholarship opportunities for students, including two new $10,000 awards from Tiffany and Co.

Scholarships cover a variety of programs and are available for both GIA's on-campus and distance education programs, including several on-campus awards for GIA's international locations in Thailand, India and London. Among the many courses and programs that students can take part in are jewelry manufacturing arts, the Graduate Gemologist and Accredited Jewelry Professional programs, and pearl and lab classes, among others.

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"GIA Gives Law Enforcement Crash Course in Gemology" May 27 2010, 0 Comments

[caption id="attachment_98" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Patrick Peys, of the Belgium Federal Police, speaks about a Belgium jewelry heist he investigated at the GIA campus. . . investigators from around the world gathered for lessons that will help them pursue jewel thieves. "][/caption]

Carlsbad, Calif.-At the request of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Gemological Institute of America campus in Carlsbad, Calif., hosted a group of special agents and detectives hailing from law enforcement agencies worldwide and provided a two-week crash course in gemology, including lessons in the Four Cs and how to read a gemological grading report.

The information is priceless for investigators tracking jewelry crimes, according to Patrick Peys, of the Belgium Federal Police, an experienced gem detective and lead investigator of the 2003 Antwerp Diamond Center heist of nearly half a billion dollars in diamonds, cash and other valuables.

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