Diamond Grading and Identification

This intensive practical certificate course and examination is ideal for those who need a diamond practical qualification in a short period of time, or for those who simply wish to pursue the practical side of diamond grading. Identical to the practical section of the Gem-A Diamond Diploma examination, the Diamond Grading and Identification course fee includes the same diamond grading manual and instrument kit as provided in the Gem Diamond Diploma course, without the theory portion of the course.

Diamond crystal face, copyright P. DalyThis five-day course is run at Gem-A's London headquarters (click here for directions) over one week, from Monday to Friday followed by the practical examination on the Saturday. Course times are 9:30 am to 5:00 pm each day. No prior diamond experience is required.

Diamond Grading and Identification Certificate holders may attain the full Gem Diamond Diploma at a later date by studying the theory sections of the Gem Diamond Diploma course and qualifying in the theory section of the Gem Diamond Diploma examination. 

This course places a great emphasis on the use of the 10x lens. The course covers:

  • Clarity grading using a 10x loupe.
  • Colour grading by eye.
  • Grading and weight estimation of mounted stones.
  • Aspects of cut including symmetry and proportions.
  • Simulants and treatments.
  • Description of rough crystals.

For further information on course prices and dates click here.
To download an application form, click here

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