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GIA Florence to make synergies between gem & jewelry for Florence fashion industry

Jun '05
Gemological Institute of America announced that it has been launched new class in Italy.

Amid art masterpieces, gourmet food and wine, and a rich cultural heritage, GIA is beginning its own jewelry tradition in the historic center of Florence.

The Institute will bring its world-renowned education to Tuscany's capital city starting in September. GIA Florence will be fully operational by Sept 15. Classes will commence Sept. 26, with the school's first Graduate Gemologist (G.G.) diploma program being taught in English. Instructors will teach the next G.G. program in Italian, beginning Oct. 3.

GIA President Bill Boyajian will officially open the new school Oct. 13 during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. GIA Education officials and Italian dignitaries from the jewelry and fashion industry will also participate.

Guests will include Dr. Luca Mantellassi, president of the Florence Chamber of Commerce, and Franco Torrini, president of Torrini Jewelers, who will represent the Florence jewelry trade and the Florence Gemological Foundation. Brook Ellis, GIA's Education vice president, and Seung-Hae Moon, global Education director, will also be involved in the ceremony.

The fall schedule at the new Florence location also includes a ten-day computer-aided drafting and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) class, Oct. 17–28. The one-day Pearl Grading class will be taught in both English, Oct. 23, and in Italian, Oct. 30.

GIA Florence – occupying two floors with more than 10,000 square feet, three classrooms, and a student lounge – is in close proximity to famous Italian jewelers and designers. The school is located next to the Ufizzi Museum, which contains some of the world's most famous Renaissance paintings and sculptures.

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