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Rough Diamond Evaluation and Grading Course

  1. Duration of Rough Diamond Evaluation and Grading Course

    It is a 2 week course - full day from Monday to Friday, 08:00 to 14:00.

  2. Commencement

    The Rough Diamond Evaluation and Grading Courses will be run as follows:-

    Rough Diamond Evaluation and Grading Courses

    Start Date End Date Status
    07 December 201518 December 2015Vacancies
    04 January 201615 January 2016Vacancies
    18 January 201629 January 2016Vacancies
    01 February 201612 February 2016Vacancies
    15 February 201626 February 2016Vacancies
    29 February 201611 March 2016Vacancies
    14 March 201624 March 2016Vacancies
    29 March 201608 April 2016Vacancies
    11 April 201622 April 2016Vacancies
    25 April 201606 May 2016Vacancies
    09 May 201620 May 2016Vacancies
    23 May 201603 June 2016Vacancies

  3. Course Fee

    The course fee is R8,800.00 inclusive.
    The course fee for 2016 is R9,400.00 inclusive, but bookings completed and confirmed with the deposit before the end of the year will qualify for the 2015 course fee.
    Off-site training sessions can be arranged provided there are a minimum of 10 students per course. Please contact our offices for more information.

    To ensure personal attention, each course is limited to a maximum of ten students.

    A registration deposit of 50% is payable to secure the student's place. Check availability of course date before paying a deposit. Acceptance will only be confirmed upon receipt of the required deposit paid into our bank account and proof provided.

  4. General Course Objectives

    1. To prepare the student to become proficient in every technique involved in the evaluation and grading of diamonds.
    2. To teach the student how to sort and buy diamonds both in the rough and cut state and how colour, imperfection and shape affect prices.

  5. Course Outline

    Students will learn:
    1. the correct use of a loupe.
    2. the different varieties of diamond crystals and polycrystalline aggregates in diamonds using real diamonds as well as wooden and plastic models.
    3. the identification of imitation (fake) diamonds.
    4. structural defects and the internal structure of diamond crystals including marks, inclusions, naart, maccles and stress.
    5. optical, mechanical, electrical, thermal and chemical properties of diamond crystals.
    6. the study of impurity centres in rough diamond crystals, their cause and effect.
    7. how to select diamonds for fancy shapes, determining their ultimate form whilst in the rough stage.
    8. how to determine colour in diamonds, both natural and artificial, and its effect on buying and selling.
    9. how to select and sort rough diamonds for purity, colour, size, shape and any unusual qualities.
    10. how to determine whether a whole rough diamond is to be cleaved, sawed or retained as is.
    11. classification of rough gems and industrial diamonds.
    12. use of a polariscope when analyzing stress and strain within the internal molecular structure of rough diamonds.
    13. sketching of rough diamonds pinpointing impurities within the diamond.
    14. use of a Moe gauge to estimate weight recovery as well as estimating weight recovery percentages.
    15. pricing of rough diamonds using the Rapaport Polished Diamond Price List and the ADTEC Rough Diamond Guideline Price List.

  6. Certificate

    There will be a practical exam on completion of this course, and the student will receive a certificate stating that they have successfully completed the Rough Diamond Evaluation and Grading Course at the Diamond Education College.

  7. Applications

    1. Applications must be made well in advance because of the limited number of students that can be accommodated at any specific intake.
    2. Admission is solely at the schools discretion.
    3. Full fee must be paid before commencement of the course.
    4. Fees are not refundable. Postponing of the course is possible only with two weeks advance notice.

  8. Equipment

    All equipment for use during the course will be provided and remain the property of the Diamond Education College.

  9. Accommodation and Transportation

    Students must arrange their own transport and accommodation.

  10. Discipline

    Students will be subject to the disciplinary code of the Diamond Education College. Any student who is in breach of its code will be liable to suspension or expulsion without refund of fees paid.

  11. Language

    The course is presented in English.