Gem-A Collaborates with International Institute of Gemology (IIG) to Expand GemIntro Reach Featured

IIG has secured the exclusive rights to sell Gem-A’s online-only beginner’s level gemmology course across the Indian market.

Press Release: June 2022

Gem-A, London, United Kingdom

The Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) has partnered with the International Institute of Gemology (IIG) to share its new beginner’s level gemmology course with the Indian market. 

IIG has been granted a licence to sell GemIntro across the Indian market and promote the course as part of its educational offering at its campuses in Mumbai, Surat, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Bengaluru. 

This fresh collaboration is built on shared values, with both Gem-A and IIG focused on engaging the next generation of gemmologists and providing accurate and scientific gemmology information that kickstarts careers and enhances existing pathways.

IIG Director, Rahul Desai, says: “GemIntro is a great platform for Indian gem enthusiasts and will allow them to acquire an international qualification. India is a leading exporter of polished diamonds, gemstones, and fine jewellery and this collaboration will help uplift the skill level of the Indian gem and jewellery sector enormously. I appreciate Gem-A's outstanding cooperation with IIG on the up-skilling and reskilling of Indian gem enthusiasts."

Gem-A CEO, Alan Hart, adds: “One of the most important aspects of nurturing new gemmologists is providing an accessible and affordable gateway into the subject. GemIntro was created to fill this gap and provide students with a recognised, Ofqual Level 2 qualification that can serve as a launchpad for further study. I would like to thank IIG for joining us on this journey and becoming one of the first international organisations and education providers to secure a GemIntro Corporate Licence.”

GemIntro is an online-only Ofqual Level 2 certified gemmology qualification that provides a fundamental grounding in scientific gemmology through interactive and engaging lessons. Developed by the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A), this course is ideally suited to jewellery brands, independent retailers, manufacturers and auction houses that want to upskill their teams in a consistent, reliable and flexible way. It is also suitable for jewellery education providers and design course leaders wishing to offer added value to their students.

Corporate Licences are available to international educational providers, multi-national gemmology and jewellery businesses, brands and retailers. Employers can integrate GemIntro into their staff training processes and/or provide access to the course when greater gemstone knowledge would be advantageous, both professionally and commercially. 

Hart continues: “GemIntro is a gateway to further gemmology education and training, whether that be the Gem-A Gemmology Foundation or other professional qualifications offered by our partners and Accredited Teaching Centres (ATCs). We are thrilled to be working with IIG to deepen our relationships with the Indian market and are now in conversation with other geographic regions to expand the course’s reach further.”

To discuss the commercial and educational benefits of GemIntro with a member of the Gem-A team, please contact

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Notes to editors:

About Gem-A 

The Gemmological Association of Great Britain, or Gem-A, is the world’s longest-established provider of gem and jewellery education. Our Gemmology Diploma evolved from the first gem course proposed for the UK jewellery trade in 1908, and our prestigious Gemmology and Diamonds Diplomas — taught in seven different languages and 26 countries around the world — are recognised throughout the world.

Gem-A forms an international community of gem professionals and enthusiasts. We serve the interests of the gem and jewellery industries through the high standards of education in our courses and our support for global gemmological research. We also provide various membership opportunities, offer high-quality gemmological instruments, and host a number of educational events throughout the year, as well as two internationally distributed publications, The Journal of Gemmology and Gems&Jewellery.


About IIG

International Institute of Gemology is an educational institute imparting knowledge about Gems and Jewellery since 1965. IIG has educated over 1,00,000 professionals excelling in the Gems and Jewellery industry. An institute par excellence, it offers educational programs with certifications that hold global credibility. Having a stronghold in the industry for more than five decades with five branches across India, IIG has accelerated the quality of education and implemented best practices in the gems and jewellery sector.

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