Erica Kissack earns GIA Graduate Gemologist

Erica Kissack earns GIA Graduate Gemologist

Have you heard the great news? Erica Kissack, EK Jewelers’s Chief Diamond Doctor (owner/designer) in Northeastern Wyoming, is a Graduate Gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), a world-renowned lab for grading and classifying all stones.

Have you heard the great news? Erica Kissack, EK Jewelers’s Chief Diamond Doctor (owner/designer) in Northeastern Wyoming, is a Graduate Gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), a world-renowned lab for grading and classifying all stones.

 

One of the most prestigious credentials in the jewelry industry, the GIA Graduate Gemologist program provides a comprehensive knowledge of diamonds and colored stones. Erica is now an expert evaluator of gemstones by the 4Cs (color, clarity, cut, and carat weight), the International Diamond Grading System™, and the GIA Colored Stone Grading System.

 

“I pursued my GG because of my huge passion for gems and diamonds. Being a GG means that I am accredited, and even more trusted to classify and write reports for my client’s jewelry, or for any pieces you choose to purchase from me. I am able to classify stones/diamonds, write appraisals for insurance purposes, accurately grade and price stones by their quality and rarity,” says Erica.

 

Erica started this process in 2015, first taking a Diamond grading lab in 2016 in Vegas, which allowed her to earn her Diamonds Certificate. She then took a Colored Stones course in 2017 in California. The colored stones course required classifying more than 500 stones, and then receiving a box of 20 stones to graduate!

 

“God created far more colored stones on this Earth than just diamonds. And, I’m not done with learning more!” Erica says. “There are pearls to study, a whole different world. Also, there are constant changes in the gem industry, new stones being found or new varieties being found in a species type.”

 

Participants in the GIA Graduate Gemologist program are required to learn:

  • Grade diamonds in the D-to-Z color range
  • Build a knowledge base about colored stones and the colored stone market
  • Use gemological equipment effectively to identify gemstones
  • Identify gemstone characteristics, simulants and treatments, and recognize when advanced testing is required
  • Understand how gems are mined, fashioned and brought to the marketplace
  • Recognize how quality, rarity and color affect value
  • Determine how market factors affect gem value

Learn more about the program at www.gia.edu.

 

Contact Erica with Elegant Kreations, your local Northeastern Wyoming jeweler the next time you need help selecting a special piece of jewelry.

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