Study Time

Up to 12 months


Gem-A Level 2 Award in GemBasics


GemBasics is an entry-level gem course designed to introduce you to the fascinating world of gemmology and the enormous variety of beautiful gems available. You will learn how gems can be distinguished from each other and will be introduced to the most useful items of portable equipment. Perfect for anyone with an interest in gems and suitable for those completely new to gemmology, GemBasics will allow you to discover the basics of gemmology at your own pace.


Definitions of gems, their beauty, rarity and durability, and aspects of colour and light

How to use the 10× loupe, the Chelsea Colour Filter, and the London Dichroscope
How to decipher hardness and toughness; cleavages and fractures; and dimensions and weight
Different types of cuts and facets with cabochons, beads and other forms

The geology of gems, where they’re mined and ethics surrounding their extraction

How heat, irradiation, oil and resin treatments can alter gem appearance and properties
The different organic and synthetic gemstones.

 As part of the course students will receive: 


Fully illustrated GemBasics course notes

Gem set

A set of 15 sample gems

Online Video

Access to the online course materials, including 80 minutes of video

Portable GemKit

Portable GemKit, which includes 10x loupe, Chelsea Colour Filter, dichroscope, flexible flashlight, gem tweezers, gemholder and gem cleaning cloth

To study GemBasics you don't need any prior knowledge, just a passion to learn more about gemstones and a computer with an internet connection and Windows 95 or above. GemBasics can be studied anywhere in the world and can be completed at a pace that fits in with any busy schedule.


I would wholeheartedly recommend GemBasics to anyone within the trade or with a passion for gemstones.

Tim Carroll, GemBasics student

GemBasics was a great opportunity to learn more about my passion, without taking time away from work. I have learnt so much for my chosen career and would not hesitate in recommending this course.

Jo Wicker (Tunbridge Wells, England), GemBasics student

I first decided to take part in this course as I had a keen interest in the field and wanted to expand my knowledge further. Studying online really helped me to keep up to date with my full time job whilst learning a little extra when I had time. The course has helped further my knowledge which has given me a good basis to expand my career in the jewellery field, especially as Gem-A is a recognised institution within the industry.

Kirsty Young (Lincoln, England), GemBasics student


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.

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**Please note: all GemBasics students will be sent their student pack via post and the following postal charges will apply, depending on your location:

Europe (including ROI)



CodeCourse TitleCourse DaysStart DateFinish datePrice*
GBUK2018GemBasicsAnytime (there are no set course dates)Jan 2, 2018Sep 30, 2018495.00 GBP


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