By  on November 7, 2008

The Gemological Institute of America and Jewelers of America have formed a partnership to team up on several projects next year.

GIA will give Jewelers of America members access to its professional education in gemology, business management, sales professionals and bench jewelry training. GIA is making its curriculum available online and will continue to develop and promote consumer education materials to explain grading of diamonds and other gemstones.

Jewelers of America will contribute its expertise in the certification of bench jewelers in coordination with GIA’s Jewelry Arts Program. The group will share its expertise in public and national government affairs with GIA and provide communications and background materials when business responsibility issues arise in the jewelry supply chain.

The nonprofit organizations are also looking to support career development in the jewelry industry.

“We look forward to a long and productive partnership with the Institute, as we are certain it will benefit our 11,000 member stores,” said Matthew A. Runci, president and chief executive of Jewelers of America.

Donna Baker, president of GIA, said “We believe that by combining forces in this way we can deliver a rich array of products and services to jewelry professionals, which will help ensure their success in the 21st century and directly benefit the jewelry buying public.”

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