What is Gemmology?

Humans have been fascinated with gemstones for thousands of years. Gems are among the rarest and most desirable materials on Earth, and have historically played an important role in economics, politics, religion, lore and fashion. People collect and buy gems for many reasons; to adorn themselves or their surroundings, as an investment, to demonstrate our wealth, or so we can benefit from their supposed healing properties.

Gemmologists are individuals trained in the science of gem materials, allowing them to identify gemstones and determine their nature before deciding whether they are natural, treated or synthetic. Accurate identification is essential for both the jewellery trade and the collector, and students who delve into gemmology will find themselves observing and investigating the beauty of natural science.

Gem-A was created by gemmologists for gemmologists, and is the world’s longest-established provider of gem and jewellery education. We started teaching gemmology more than 100 years ago, prompted by the need for greater gem knowledge in the UK jewellery trade. Our up-to-date courses are primarily tailored for the jewellery industry, giving our students the background knowledge and practical experience they need in their gemmology careers.

You will learn about coloured gems and diamonds, their identification, value factors, and the many challenges of treatments and imitations — crucial knowledge for buyers, sellers and valuers of gems, as well as gem collectors who, attracted by the extraordinary beauty of gemstones, simply wish to pursue a new hobby.


Short Courses

Short Courses

Gem-A have two online short courses that allow students to learn the basics of gemmology at their own pace, and an on-site Lab Class for students who want to improve their practical skills.


Workshops

Workshops

Whether you're a retailer, gem dealer, buyer, valuer, auctioneer or gemstone enthusiast, our workshops are designed to give students a thorough education in a short amount of time.


Gemmology

Gemmology

Gem-A have a number of gemmology courses that are tailored to the gem and jewellery trade; from one-day workshops and short-courses to our renowned Gemmology Foundation and Diploma qualifications.


Diamonds

Diamonds

We offer a number of diamond courses that are tailored to the gem and jewellery trade; from one-day workshops and short-courses to our world-leading Diamond Diploma.


Further Study

Further Study

Gem-A have more courses for our Gemmology Diploma graduates who want to further their knowledge of gems and jewellery.

CONTACT US

If you can't find what you're looking for or you have any further questions, email us at education@gem-a.com.