Pearl Power

September 1998

Gemstones & Pearls:News

Pearl Power

Pearl associations and JA sponsor GIA education

Four trade institutions have teamed up to bring cultured pearl and other gemstone education to your backyard.

Jewelers of America and two pearl associations – GIE Perles de Tahiti of Papeete, French Polynesia, and the Cultured Pearl Information Center, New York City – will help JA state affiliates to pay for a full day of training by the Gemological Institute of America. The program is open to the first 30 JA affiliates that include GIA's "Focus on Pearls" seminar, designed specifically for the partnership, and up to three other GIA seminars in their annual convention education programs. The pearl associations will each contribute $1,000 to the $2,025 cost of training; JA will cover the remaining $25.

JA decided to promote GIA education after its affiliates reported the highest attendance at GIA-sponsored seminars at conventions, says Bev Hori, JA director of education. Twenty-nine affiliates have already scheduled GIA trainers for their conventions this year.

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