Jewelers of America’s scholarship program helps students further their professional careers in the jewelry industry. Any employee of a JA Member company can apply for a scholarship from the following institutions: American Gem Society (AGS); American Society of Appraisers (ASA); Diamond Council of America (DCA); Gemological Institute of America (GIA); and National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA).

Eligibility Requirements
  • Scholarships are awarded on the availability of funds through the application deadline
  • Employees of JA Member companies are eligible if at least 18 years of age
  • Applicants must have at least one year’s experience working at a JA member store and are not already be enrolled in another home study course from any of the educational providers

For the full list of requirements and information on how applicants are considered, reference the Scholarship Application Packet.

2022 Scholarship enrollment is open from May 16 through August 31.
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Diamond Course
Presents a complete discussion of the subject of diamonds and how to accurately and effectively use this knowledge in retail environments

Colored Gemstone Course
An overview of the colored gemstone market and how to skillfully use this knowledge in everyday store operations

Beginning Jewelry Sales Course
Designed to provide fast and effective basic training for retail jewelry sales associates

Advanced Jewelry Sales Course
An in-depth analysis of the selling process, approaching the sale from the three key standpoints of customers, communications, and merchandise

GIA E-Learning Courses

GIA offers the following courses:
  • Jewelry Essentials
  • Colored Stone Essentials
  • Diamond Essentials
  • Colored Stones
  • Diamonds & Diamond Grading
  • Gem Identification
  • Pearls

If you are awarded a scholarship toward a GIA course, we will email you directions on how to enroll in the course through GIA’s online portal. Prerequisites required for these courses include:
  • Diamond Essentials (for Diamonds & Diamond Grading)
  • Colored Stone Essentials (for Colored Stones)
  • Colored Stone Essentials and Colored Stones (for Gem Identification)

American Gem Society

The Certified Sales Associate Program consists of two parts:
  • The Graduate Sales Associate Course: contains pertinent facts on diamonds, colored stones, pearls, metals, watches and period jewelry, along with information about the jewelry industry and the importance of good customer service and professionalism
  • The AGS 101 Course: overview of the AGS mission, vision and values, and what it means to uphold the AGS Standards.

American Society of Appraisers

GJ201 Foundation I
Core Principles of Appraising Gems & Jewelry: covers valuation and macroeconomic theory to gems and jewelry appraisal, ASA descriptive elements for specific property types, approaches to value, value definitions and their correct application, understanding how USPAP directly relates to appraising gems and jewelry

GJ202 Foundation II
Appraising Gems & Jewelry for Insurance Scheduling: covers the principles of valuation as they apply to gems and jewelry appraising, ASA descriptive guidelines for gems and jewelry, the required sections of an appraisal report for insurance coverage, terminology and USPAP report writing requirements.

National Association of Jewelry Appraisals

Appraisal Studies Course
Designed to be the first step toward enhancing professionalism in appraisal practice.
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is the leading non-profit jewelry association in the United States. More than a century ago, Jewelers 
of America was founded by jewelers for jewelers to advance the jewelry industry and consumer trust.

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