Syllabus


This section of JCRI Teacher Support is intended to provide examples of syllabi for classes that incorporate DCA courses. It also includes course topics and learning objectives that teachers can use in developing syllabi.

If you wish to submit a syllabus for the collection of examples, please contact DCA Education Supervisor Kristen Scheetz at:

Phone: (615) 385-5301
Toll Free: (877) 283-5669
Email: kristen@diamondcouncil.org

Important Note: Keep in mind that teachers are expected to develop their own original syllabi, and the documents in this section are for examples only.

DCA Course Objectives


Diamond Course

What students will learn:

  • The 4Cs – Carat Weight, Clarity, Color, and Cut. How these relate to beauty, quality, and value.
  • Today’s diamond jewelry. How it’s made; factors that affect cost and appeal.
  • Manmade diamonds, diamond treatments, and diamond imitations. What professionals and consumers need to know.
  • Diamond formation, sources, mining, and trade. The story of diamonds from the earth to the jewelry store (and beyond).
  • Diamond magic and romance. Why diamonds are the most prized and glamorous of all gems.
  • The selling process for diamonds and diamond jewelry.

Colored Gemstone Course

What students will learn:

  • The gem world – natural gemstones, manmade gems, and imitations. What makes each unique and appealing.
  • Factors that affect colored gemstone beauty, quality, and value.
  • Today’s gemstone jewelry. How it’s made; factors that affect cost and appeal.
  • Gem formation, sources, mining, and trade. The story of colored gemstones from the earth to the jewelry store (and beyond).
  • Gemstone magic and romance. Stories from history and folklore; birthstones and anniversary gems.
  • The selling process for colored gems and gemstone jewelry.

Beginning Jewelry Sales

What students will learn:

  • The global gem and jewelry industry; fine jewelry retailing in the US.
  • What it takes to make a jewelry store successful.
  • The traits, knowledge, and skills today’s jewelry professionals need.
  • The selling process for fine jewelry.
  • Essential product knowledge for jewelry, diamonds, gemstones, pearls, and watches.
  • How to become a valued member of a jewelry store’s professional team.

Advanced Jewelry Sales

What students will learn:

  • How to work with all types of fine jewelry customers.
  • Creating great shopping and buying experiences.
  • Building and communicating a store’s brand.
  • Identifying and responding to trends that affect a career.
  • Ways to keep moving ahead in the future.

Syllabus Examples