Polished Diamond Courses

POLISH YOUR KNOWLEDGE, BUILD YOUR SKILLS

Learn how to grade diamonds in one of the diamond capitals of the world. Our highly experienced lecturers will guide you through the fascinating world of diamonds. You will study the 4C’s: Carat, Colour, Clarity and Cut.

Certified Diamond Grader

2-4 weeks, depending on date and location.
Depends on date and location.
English , Dutch , French , Turkish , Mandarin , Italian , Arab , Spanish , Polish
Global

How do I know that a "stone" is a real diamond and not a fake? Why are diamonds considered so special and precious? What does VVS1, F or LC actually mean? Why is there such a price difference possible between two diamonds of the same size?


Our highly skilled and experienced lecturers will guide you through the fascinating world of diamonds. You will study the 4C’s: Carat, Colour, Clarity and Cut, determining the quality of a stone and as such the price. You will learn how to detect the most common simulants, and you will be able to work with the best microscope in the world and other gemmological equipment. At the same time, you will develop impeccable grading skills.


Our courses are a perfect balance between theoretical knowledge and practical skills.

Certified Diamond Grader

Duration

2-4 weeks, depending on date and location.

Requirements

Min. age: 18 years.
No previous diamond experience is required.

Number of attendants

Depends on date and location.

Target Group

This course is meant for:

Diamond traders, diamond experts, appraisers and graders, jewellers and designers, diamond and jewellery lovers, sales managers, buyers and job seekers.

Course Content

  • Introduction to the properties of diamonds.
  • Explanation of the 4C’s: Carat, Colour, Clarity and Cut.
  • Correct cleaning of diamonds.
  • Diamond optics. Use of HRD Antwerp stereozoom microscope (D- Scope).
  • Systematic examination of a diamond. Favourable and unfavourable angles of observation.
  • Principles of weighing, calculation of the carat weight.
  • Identification of external and internal characteristics. Plotting and exercises.
  • Colour determination of diamonds by comparison with master stones.
  • Grading of colour and fluorescence.
  • Clarity grading using the HRD Antwerp D-scope and loupe 10x with master stones for reference. 
  • Cut grading. Determination of proportions, symmetry and polish. Measuring dimensions using a caliper (micrometer).
  • Use of tables for proportions and symmetry.
  • Examination and grading of fancy cuts.
  • Characteristics and properties of diamonds versus imitations (simulants). Including simple tests to distinguish natural diamonds from imitations.
  • Identification of clarity treatments like crack filling.
  • Introduction to lab. grown diamonds and colour treatments.
  • Final examinations.

Examination

Practical examination CDG: Students have to examine and grade 8 diamonds correctly and identify a 9th stone as an imitation.
Theoretical examination CDG: Multiple choice exam with 40 questions.

Diploma

Diploma: HRD Antwerp Certified Diamond Grader
Date(s) Location Language Price Excl. Price Incl. Course Code
26/08/2019 - 13/09/2019 Antwerp English € 2.250,00 € 2.722,50 CDGE111904 More Info Register
12/11/2019 - 29/11/2019 Antwerp English € 2.100,00 € 2.541,00 CDGE111905* More Info Register
01/07/2019 - 19/07/2019 Antwerp French € 2.250,00 € 2.722,50 CDGF111903 More Info Register
16/09/2019 - 04/10/2019 Antwerp French € 2.250,00 € 2.722,50 CDGF111904 More Info Register
18/11/2019 - 06/12/2019 Antwerp French € 2.250,00 € 2.722,50 CDGF111905 More Info Register
01/07/2019 - 13/07/2019 Tari Italian € 2.500,00 € 3.050,00 CDGI1401902 More Info Register
23/09/2019 - 05/10/2019 Bari Italian € 2.500,00 € 3.050,00 CDGI131902* More Info Register
14/10/2019 - 26/10/2019 Milano Italian € 2.500,00 € 3.050,00 CDGI1151901 More Info Register
01/07/2019 - 13/07/2019 Barcelona Spanish € 2.250,00 € 2.722,50 CDGS1171901 More Info Register

Diamond Grading Practice Week

5 days
Depends on date and location.
English , Dutch , French
Global

During this 5-day course, you can refresh your knowledge and skills you've acquired during the Certified Diamond Grader course.


With a large number of polished diamonds (brilliant as well as fancy shapes) to grade, you can update your diamond knowledge and skills. Personal feedback from our expert staff will help you to become a much more experienced diamond professional.

Diamond Grading Practice Week

Duration

5 days

Requirements

Min. age: 18 years.
Diploma:  HRD Antwerp Certified Diamond Grader.


Number of attendants

Depends on date and location.

Target Group

This course is meant for:

Diamond traders, diamond experts, appraisers and graders, jewellers and designers, diamond and jewellery lovers, sales managers, buyers and job seekers.

Course Content

  • Grading of a large number of polished diamonds (round brilliant and fancy shapes) according to the 4C’s (Carat, Colour, Clarity and Cut) using an HRD Antwerp D-scope, a loupe 10x and all relevant instruments.
  • Identification of imitations and treated diamonds.
  • Personal coaching and continuous feedback on your results will help to improve your grading and upgrade your knowledge.

Diploma

Participation letter: Diamond Grading Practice Week
Date(s) Location Language Price Excl. Price Incl. Course Code
19/08/2019 - 23/08/2019 Antwerp English € 600,00 € 726,00 PDGE111902 More Info Register

Sorting of Polished Diamonds | Small Goods

5 days
Depends on date and location.
English
Global

This course will give you the grading/sorting skills you need to become a diamond sorter or buyer. In this course you will deal with diamond parcels. This very intensive practical training meets the needs of the market.

Studying in Antwerp, the diamond capital of the world, offers you this unique opportunity of working with diamond parcels provided by the most important and largest diamond companies in the industry.

Several practical tests will evaluate your diamond knowledge.

Sorting of Polished Diamonds | Small Goods

Duration

5 days

Requirements

Min. age: 18 years.

Diploma: HRD Antwerp Certified Diamond Grader (or equal).

Proven and sufficient professional experience can be accepted too. In this case, a brief test with a loupe 10x will apply at the beginning of the course, testing knowledge of the properties of a diamond and its 4C’s, manipulation technique of loupe and tweezers (correct use), colour determination in theory and practice and evaluation of clarity and cut.

Number of attendants

Depends on date and location.

Target Group

This course is meant for:

Diamond sorters and buyers and diamond traders, experts, appraisers and graders.

Course Content

Sorting parcels of round brilliants and fancy cut diamonds according to the 4C’s using loupe 10x, table loupe and sortoscope.

Examination

Practical test: Practical test at the end of the course.

Diploma

Certificate: HRD Antwerp Sorting of Polished Diamonds/Small Goods
Date(s) Location Language Price Excl. Price Incl. Course Code
02/12/2019 - 06/12/2019 Antwerp English € 850,00 € 1.028,50 SPE111901 More Info Register

Introduction to Diamond Grading

1 week
8 people
Turkish , Arab
Global

Learn general characteristics of diamonds: you will study the 4C’s: Carat, Colour, Clarity and Cut. You will also study correct cleaning of diamondq and correct use of equipment to be used during inspection.

Our highly skilled and experienced lecturers will guide you through the fascinating world of diamonds. You will learn the correct use of HRD Antwerp microscopes and you will be introduced to diamond optics. You will examine diamonds under a microscope and you will learn how to choose the examination lines, weight (carat) calculation techniques, measurements and rounding and scale use.

This course will introduce you to defining internal and external characteristics, measurements of ratio, symmetry, polishing and cutting grading applications, use of 10X loupe and color scale and grading of diamonds. Our courses are a perfect balance between theoretical knowledge and practical skills. 

Learn more about 4C grading and applications with real stones by using 10x loupe and reference stones.

Introduction to Diamond Grading

Duration

1 week

Number of attendants

8 people

Target Group

This course is meant for:

Diamond traders, diamond experts, appraisers and graders, jewellers and designers, diamond and jewellery lovers, sales managers, buyers and job seekers.

Course Content

  • Introduction to the properties of diamonds.
  • Explanation of the 4C’s: Carat, Colour, Clarity and Cut.
  • Principles of weighing, calculation of the carat weight.
  • Identification of external and internal characteristics.
  • Colour determination of diamonds by comparison with master stones.
  • Grading of colour.
  • Cut grading. Determination of proportions, symmetry and polish.
  • Final examinations.

Examination

Practical examination IDG: Students have to examine and grade 5 diamonds correctly.
Theoretical examination IDG: Multiple choice exam with 25 questions.

Diploma

Participation attest: Introduction to Diamond Grading
This course will be available upon request. Please contact us at education@hrdantwerp.com to make a request. Thank you.

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Diamond Jewellery Design Courses

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Diamond Polishing Course

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Workshops

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Jewellery Entrepreneur

If you are looking to start your own jewellery business or increase your existing business, this course is the key to your success. Our highly skilled and experienced lecturers will guide you through the fascinating world of the gemstone and jewellery industry.