Gemological Science International (GSI) is hosting a series of free, two hour jewelry design workshops from January through the month of April. Available to entrepreneurs, beginners and students through to advanced professionals, said courses teach practical techniques for jewelry design including drafting, shading, design theory and how to
illustrate shapes and forms using several mediums (and more).
GSI’s Head of Education, Raja Gondkar (also a 30 year industry veteran) said, “Our workshops introduce those interested in a possible career in jewelry design to the basic skills of this great art form in an easy and interesting manner. We hope students leave with the encouragement and confidence to use proper form when designing their own piece of jewelry.”
The first workshop, held on January 23rd, was focused on free-hand jewelry design and helped students think out of the box as well as take inspiration from various forms. Through freehand sketching, students were able to visualize their creative ideas and modify them quickly and confidently via different stencils and tools. Students used their unique flair and inventiveness, learning speed and adaptability before they even step foot into a formal studio setting.
In response, Rohit Lahoti, a student attendee said, “Today’s course was an especially enriching experience where I was able to work at my own pace without feeling the pressure of being in a typical, formal classroom environment. The staff was helpful and I am excited about coming to future sessions.”
The third session on Saturday, February 17th also featured a career talk with award-winning Indian designer, Sushma Kalzunkar Sawant, followed by a workshop on manual design.
Participants can create necklaces and bracelets and leave with a least one finished piece. These free workshops are meant to be an introduction to five level technical courses that will be offered at GSI beginning in June. Additional information about those courses can be found
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💎 Where is Gemological Science International (GSI) located?
GSI is headquartered in New York, NY. It has 13 laboratories on four continents and in a number of countries: the United States, India, Dubai, Israel, Belgium, Hong Kong, and Botswana. This makes GSI one of the largest independent gemological organizations in the world.
💎 Is there a difference between grading reports issued by different GSI laboratories?
All GSI laboratories grade using the same methods and adhere to the same standards. Every laboratory is staffed with highly trained professionals who have years of grading experience and an extensive gemological background.
💎 What does it mean when a sales associate tells me my diamond is “GSI Certified” or is accompanied by a “GSI Certificate”?
The phrases “GSI Certificate” and “GSI Certified” are industry shorthand for GSI grading or identification reports. What this means to you is that expert gemologists and trained professionals meticulously evaluated the item. When your diamond, jewelry or gemstone is accompanied by a GSI grading report, you can be completely confident in the accuracy and objectivity of the evaluation.
💎 Where can I find “GSI Certified Diamonds”?
GSI diamond grading and identification reports can be found in jewelry stores worldwide and online. Insist on a GSI grading report when shopping for a diamond, jewelry or gemstone.
💎 What do I do if I lose my GSI Diamond Report?
💎 What are the 4Cs
A beautiful diamond is one of nature’s most mesmerizing creations. But how do you objectively judge the quality of the gem? The 4Cs – Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat Weight – are the universal standard for doing this.
💎 Is there anything beyond the 4Cs?
The 4Cs are an essential and important description of a diamond’s characteristics. But there is a considerable amount of detailed information behind each “C” along with other qualities of a diamond that affect its beauty, such as fluorescence, light performance and more.
How much do you need to know? That’s up to you, but knowing the 4Cs is almost essential.
💎 What does a GSI diamond grading report look like?
GSI offers a number of grading reports (often referred to as “GSI Certificates”). You can see samples of them by browsing the Grading Reports page on our website.
💎 What does a GSI colored diamond grading report look like?
You can see samples grading reports by browsing the Grading Reports page on our website.
💎 What does a GSI Colored stone report look like?
You can see samples of Colored stones reports by browsing Grading Reports page on our website.
💎 How does a GSI grading report compare to other laboratories that issue grading reports?
It is our policy not to comment on other laboratories. However, know that GSI adheres to the highest ethical standards. We do this in a number of ways:
- Rotating gemologists to our different labs
- Continuously upgrading our proprietary grading software to ensure full compliance with international grading standards
- Having our gemological research department constantly investigate new developments in the industry, which informs the grading process
💎 What’s the difference between a “GSI Certificate” and a “GSI Diamond Grading Report”?
GSI issues a variety of grading and identification reports. Consumers and industry professionals often call these reports “GSI Certificates”.