Education, etc.

Karla Lewis, Accredited Jewelry Professional, Graduate Gemologist (GIA)
LIFEGEM® Created Diamonds Business Partner Redboxdiamondmoments.com
Office: 312.269.9999 · Mobile: 312.953.1644 · Toll free: 888.336.7342

DIAMONDS & COLORED STONES EDUCATION:

• Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Graduate Gemologist (G.G.) Diploma, August 2, 2000, including:

  • The GIA Graduate Diamonds Diploma:
    • Diamonds Course
    • Diamond Grading Course
    • Diamond Grading Extension Class
  • The GIA Graduate Colored Stones Diploma:
    • Colored Stones Course
    • Colored Stones Grading Course
    • Colored Stones Grading Extension Class
    • Gem Identification Course
    • Gem Identification Extension Class

• GIA Alumni Carat Point System of Recognition, 145 Carat Points, February 2010.
• World of Gems Conference, Rosemont, IL, Certificate of Completion, September 13-14, 2008.
• GIA Loupe Grading Seminar, April 29, 2008.
• GIA Accredited Jewelry Professional (A.J.P.) Diploma, March 10, 2008.
• GIA Diamond Cut Grading System Class, June 10, 2006.
• GIA Advanced Gemology, Ruby and Sapphire, July 2005.
• GIA Pearls Course, August 2004.
• GIA Pearl Grading, Extension Class, July 19, 2001 & August 11,2005.
• GIA Detecting Synthetic Diamonds, Extension Class, July 22, 1997.
• GIA Advanced Diamond Clarity Grading, Extension Class, September 25, 1996.
• GIA Detecting Fracture Filled Diamonds, Extension Class, September 15, 1995.

OTHER EDUCATION:

• Graduated from Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana. Major: Interior Design; Minor: Art

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

• New York Diamond Dealers Club, 2006 to present.
• National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), 2004 to present.
• Pearl Society, 2000 to present.
• GIA Alumni and Associates, 1999 to present.
• Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA), 1997 to present.
• WJA-Midwest, Board of Directors, 1997 to 2005.
• The Chicago Jewelers Association (CJA), 1996 to 1998, 2006 to present.

GEM AND JEWELRY EXPERIENCE:

• Best Friends Diamonds & Gems, Owner, January 1996 to present.
• Rocca Jewelers, Chicago, Illinois, Holiday Sales Associate, October 1995 – January 1996.

Please call 312 269 9999 or toll free, 888 336 7342, to set up a consultation (or simply contact us using this Web site).

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