Course Curriculum

Part 1: The ultimate online course on laboratory-grown diamonds

Core knowledge on laboratory-grown diamonds

0. Welcome

  • Welcome to the course

  • Copyright notice

  • User guide

  • Glossary PDF download

1. Introduction

  • Objectives

  • Introduction

  • Key definitions

  • Terminology

  • Terms and definitions PDF 

  • The importance of disclosure

  • Natural vs lab-grown diamonds; origin volume, rarity and price

  • Production methods intro

  • Summary

  • Quiz

2. History

  • Objectives

  • The build up to synthesis success

  • GE documentary

  • 1970 - present

  • Timeline for HPHT synthesis

  • Timeline for CVD synthesis

  • Summary

  • Quiz

3. Production of HPHT LGD's

  • Objectives

  • Heat and pressure

  • Ingredients list

  • HPHT synthesis method

  • The reaction cell

  • Recipe for HPHT diamond synthesis

  • HPHT apparatus

  • HPHT multiple crystal growth

  • Summary of HPHT synthesis

  • Summary

  • Quiz

4. HPHT diamond crystals and diamond types

  • Objectives

  • Crystal forms

  • Diamond types (background)

  • Diamond types summary

  • HPHT diamond types

  • HPHT diamond types summary

  • Growth times

  • Summary

  • Quiz

5. Features of HPHT LGD's

  • Objectives

  • Colour

  • Clarity

  • Sizes

  • Record-breaking HPHT diamonds

  • Observational features

  • Summary

  • Quiz

6. Production of CVD LGD's

  • Objectives

  • What is plasma?

  • Ingredients list

  • Apparatus and production method

  • Production method animation

  • Recipe for CVD synthesis

  • Mutli-stage growth

  • Summary of CVD synthesis

  • Summary

  • Quiz

7. CVD diamond crystals and diamonds types

  • Objectives

  • Crystal form

  • CVD diamond types

  • CVD diamond type summary

  • Post-growth HPHT/LPHT treatment

  • Summary

  • Quiz

8. Features of CVD LGD's

  • Objectives

  • Colour

  • Clarity

  • Sizes

  • Observational features

  • Summary

  • Quiz

9. Colours and treatments

  • Objectives

  • As-grown colours

  • Summary of as-grown colours

  • Post-growth treatments

  • Colour treatments animation

  • Treatment methods summary

  • Post-growth treatment summary

  • Summary

  • Quiz

10. Assessing quality of LGD's

  • Objectives

  • Assessing the quality of LGD's

  • The 4C's of LGD's

  • Grading labs and diamond reports

  • Example report: IGI

  • Example report: GIA

  • Example report: GCAL

  • Laser inscriptions

  • Pricing

  • Summary

  • Quiz

11. Industrial Diamonds

  • Objectives

  • History

  • Desirable properties of diamond

  • Uses for industrial diamond

  • NPD

  • Quiz

12. Alternative carbon sources for  LGD's

  • Introduction

  • Memorial diamonds

  • Air diamonds

  • Final note

Online exam

  • Final test: Instructions

  • Good luck

  • Final test

What next?

  • Congratulations

  • Leave a review

  • Share your success

  • What's next?

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