What Makes A Jewellery Expert?

Have you ever wondered what makes a jewellery professional an expert in their field?  In addition to having extensive experience and knowledge about gems, precious metals and jewellery design, a reputable jewellery professional should also have industry recognized education and credentials. 

Where are our jewellery experts trained?

At J.H. Young Jewellers our experts are trained through the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).  GIA is a nonprofit institution committed to protecting and educating the public in the field of gems and jewellery. Since 1931, GIA created standards used in gemstone evaluation around the world by creating the 4Cs of Diamond Quality and the GIA 7 Pearl Value Factors™. The GIA is widely considered the most prestigious professional gemology school in the world.

GIA credentials are a globally recognized mark of excellence that show a jewellery professional is qualified to best assist customers with the challenges and opportunities of the ever-evolving gem and jewellery industry.

What qualifications do our jewellery experts have?

GIA Graduate Gemologist

The Graduate Gemologist (GG) designation is earned along with a diploma from GIA. The diploma program covers scientific and technical aspects of identifying and grading diamonds and coloured stones, giving comprehensive knowledge of the jewellery industry. The GG designation at the end of an individual’s name is recognized instantly throughout the world and is a mark of expertise in the jewellery industry.

Graduate Gemologists are certified to be able to:

  • Develop in-depth, hands-on experience with the GIA International Diamond Grading System™ and the 4Cs (color, clarity, cut and carat weight)
  • 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
  • Use the GIA Colored Stone Grading System to evaluate gemstone quality
  • Identify gemstone characteristics, simulants and treatments, laboratory-grown gemstones 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

Dianne Young, Paul Young and Graham Young are GIA Graduate Gemologists. 

GIA Graduate Jeweler

The Graduate Jeweler diploma program is a hands-on experience that provides the foundation of the knowledge and skills required for top quality jewellery fabrication and repair.

Graduate Jewelers are certified to be able to:

  • Demonstrate essential jewellery manufacturing skills
  • Fabricate findings and completed jewellery pieces using base and precious metals
  • Apply texture, polish and electroplating finishes to jewellery surfaces
  • Demonstrate common jewellery repairs and manufacturing skills
  • Utilize safe operation of common jewellery manufacturing tools
  • Comprehensive knowledge of metallurgy and how it affects manufacturing

Dianne Young, Paul Young, Graham Young, and Vanessa Young are GIA Graduate Jewelers.

View our Staff Bios for more information about our team of Jewellery Experts.

For more information on Gemological Institute of America visit: https://www.gia.edu/gem-education/program-graduate-gemologist

American Gem Society Certified Gemologist

American Gem Society (AGS) professional credentials prove a commitment to ethics, knowledge, and consumer protection. Earning a Certified Gemologist shows customers that the titleholder possesses an advanced knowledge of the study of gems and demonstrates mastery of diamond, gemstone, and precious metal testing procedures.

Graham Young is an AGS Certified Gemologist



For more information on American Gem Society visit: https://www.americangemsociety.org/membership/credentials/

At J.H. Young Jewellers we also have a Georgian College Certified Goldsmith employed in our workshop and retail associates who have completed various GIA training courses. 

If you’re looking for jewellery repair, appraisal, design and manufacturing expertise, or planning to purchase a diamond or other gemstone we suggest working with a GIA Graduate Gemologist or Jeweler like those at J.H. Young Jewellers in Brantford Ontario. You can feel confident you will be working with well-educated, trustworthy and qualified experts who will help you make a well-informed purchase that is certain to delight and inspire you!