Diamonds are the most commercially important gem material, with a huge global market. A good understanding of diamond and diamond grading is essential for the buying, selling and trading of diamond. One of the most comprehensive and valuable diamond qualifications worldwide; with our Diploma you will gain a comprehensive understanding of diamonds and how the diamond market operates. You will study all of the factors that affect a diamond’s appearance and properties, learn about diamond grading, the 4Cs (carat weight, colour, clarity and cut) and the other factors that influence value, as well as how to identify and recognize imitations, synthetics and treatments.
Graduates of the Diamond Diploma course can apply for Diamond Membership of Gem-A, allowing them to use the letters DGA after their name. DGA status conveys a student’s knowledge, integrity, membership of a professional body and commitment to professional development, and is highly recognised within the trade. Your name will appear on the FGA and DGA register, available to the public to view on our website, so anyone can see that you are qualified and a registered Member with us — ensuring their peace of mind whilst advertising your knowledge and integrity.
All ODL Diamond Diploma students need to attend the five-day Diamond Grading and Identification Course, to ensure that your practical skills develop to the same standard as those who attend on-site classes. The lab class will consist of practical tuition over several days, with a practical examination on the final day of the class.
The Diamond Grading and Identification Course allows ODL students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with diamonds and diamond testing techniques that will enable them to accurately test, identify and grade diamonds.
Having studied the Diamond Diploma, I am far more confident when buying diamonds to use in my designs. Being introduced to rough diamonds has definitely influenced my work. The course notes and instruments are excellent and the depth of knowledge of the tutors combined with their enthusiasm for the subject is inspiring. ODL allowed me the flexibility to study around my work whilst having the reassurance that my tutor was there to answer any questions and support me throughout the course.
BSc in Gemmology & Jewellery Studies (requires successful completion of Gemmology Foundation, Gemmology Diploma and Diamond Diploma)
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