Gemmology Diploma

The most prestigious international gemmological qualification in the gem and jewellery trade, Gem-A’s Gemmology Diploma follows on from the Gemmology Foundation.
It supports students’ learning, whilst encouraging interaction with the gem and jewellery trade. Upon completion of the Diploma course you will be confident at handling, testing and identifying a wide variety of gemstones.

Why study the Gemmology Diploma?

The Gemmology Diploma builds upon the practical and theoretical knowledge learnt during your Gemmology Foundation course and enhances your skills, leading to a more in-depth understanding of gemmology and the principles of gem testing. A wider range of gems, synthetics and treatments are looked at in detail and gem identification skills are honed. Graduates are eligible for election to FGA Membership status.

Who is it suitable for?

Our Diploma course is suitable for those wishing to further the skills and knowledge learnt in their Foundation and to deepen an understanding of gemstones. If you intend to pursue a career in buying, selling, auctioning or valuing gems or jewellery, then this is the course for you.
Students must have the Gemmology Foundation Certificate, or one of a select number of approved exemption qualifications in order to enrol. Further details can be obtained from the education office.

Career prospects

Studying the Gemmology Diploma is the ultimate kickstart to your career in gemmology.
You will gain a thorough understanding of gemstones and the gem industry and learn transferable key skills, such as how to record and present data accurately and how to evaluate and think critically about issues within the trade. You will also employ key skills such as problem-solving, communication and individual thinking.
Many of our graduates already have jobs within the gem and jewellery trade, whilst others aim to enter the trade directly, into retail, valuations, appraisals and buying and selling.

Course features

Building upon your previous knowledge, you will:

  • learn about a broader knowledge of treatments and synthetic materials, including their production, use, identification and the resulting implications for the gem trade
  • consider the ethical, environmental and technological implications and applications of gemmology
  • learn to select, organize and present relevant information sing professional and technical vocabulary
  • learn to interpret results accurately from advanced gem testing equipment
  • be confident in applying scientific principles and concepts in solving problems relating to gemmology, and to assess the validity, reliability and credibility of scientific information related to gemmology
  • learn to demonstrate a logical approach to gem testing, as well as be able to acknowledge limitations and uses of certain tests.

Course materials

The Diploma course materials build upon those received in the Foundation course. Students will receive the following course materials:

  • comprehensive Diploma course notes
  • practical handbook
  • fluorite and rutile crystal models
  • Diploma stone set containing rough and cut specimens.

For more information on course dates times and fees including ODL options, click here.
To download a copy of the syllabus, click here.



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