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Gemological Institute of America Museum
5345 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
The Gemological Institute of America, or GIA, is a nonprofit institute dedicated to research and education in the field of gemology and the jewelry arts. Its mission is to protect buyers and sellers of gemstones by setting and maintaining the standards used to evaluate gemstone quality. The institute does so through research, gem identification and diamond grading services and a variety of educational programs. The Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library and Information Center, located at GIA’s headquarters, houses a collection of 38,000 books, 700 international magazines and journals (with current subscriptions to 225 titles), 1,000 videos/DVDs, 80,000 digital images, 300 maps, and approximately 6,000 original jewelry design renderings. The collection contains works published from 1496 to the present, encompassing the history and modern development of gemology. Subjects include natural and synthetic gemstones, gem treatments, jewelry design, manufacturing, and marketing. The Liddicoat Library is open to the public and the jewelry trade for on-campus research. The library catalog and other resources are available through the website.
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