Study Time

5 days

Qualification

Gemmology Practical Certificate

Gemmology Diploma Lab Class

All Online Distance Learning (ODL) Gemmology Diploma students are required to attend a Gemmology Diploma lab class. This allows students to learn more about the wide range of gemstones within the course and refine gem testing techniques to accurately identify gem materials. Students can attend a lab class in the UK, USA or Japan, or they can arrange to take a class with one of Gem-A's Practical Providers (GAPP).

All ODL Gemmology Diploma students are provided with a travel miscroscope, this is in addition to the equipement, stones and refractometer, received during the Foundation Course.

Students should bring all course equipment and their workbook to the lab class.

WHO IS IT SUITABLE FOR?
Current Gem-A Gemmology Diploma students are required to take this course as part of their assessment.
SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED
This course is only for students who are studying our Gemmology Diploma course online.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?
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Observation, including the use of the 10× loupe and the microscope

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Effective and accurate use of the refractometer and how to interpret the results for a range of different materials
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Use of specialist gemmological instruments including the spectroscope, polariscope, conoscope, dichroscope, colour filters and UV light to help determine the identity of gem materials as well as hydrostatic determination of specific gravity
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To handle and identify organic, inorganic, ornamental, rough, fashioned, mounted, natural, artificial and treated stones
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To demonstrate and determine a logical and efficient approach to gem testing by selecting appropriate techniques for the material under test.
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To practise safe, skilful and professional testing techniques
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To record and communicate accurate and precise records for gem identification.
COURSE MATERIALS
You will be provided with

Diploma practical workbook

You will need to bring

Portable instrument kit from your Gemmology Foundation course, including 10× loupe, tweezers, stone cloth, spectroscope, dichroscope, flexi light, flat light, folding polariscope, conoscope and Chelsea Colour Filter

Refractometer and monochromatic light source (if you already have these)

ASSESSMENT
PRACTICAL
> Practical endorsement (tutorial) — completion essential — followed by written (practical) examination (Diploma practical paper 3) worth 100% of final grade

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
If English is not a student's first language, they must have passed an English qualification to take this course, e.g. IELTS (Level 7) or TOEFL (score of 95-120).

 
WHAT STUDENTS SAY
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Gemmology Diploma Lab Class student

FURTHER STUDY
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Gemmology Diploma, leading to eligibility for FGA status 
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Diamond Diploma, leading to eligibility for DGA status
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BSc in Gemmology & Jewellery Studies (requires successful completion of Gemmology Foundation, Gemmology Diploma and Diamond Diploma)
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Coloured Stones Grading Course
HOW TO APPLY?

You can enquire about one of our courses by using the form below. Simply select the course you'd like to attend, fill in your details and click submit. A member of our Education Department will review your form before contacting you about your enquiry.

Alternatively, you can download a course application form from our Student Resources section. Once you've completed this you can email this to us at education@gem-a.com or post it to: Education Department, 21 Ely Place, London, EC1N 6TD.

If you have any other questions you can e-mail us at education@gem-a.com or call us on +(44) 0207 404 3334.

COURSE DATES & PRICES

Gemmology Practical Certificate

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