Studying to become a qualified gemmologist can lead to many rewarding careers.
At Gem-A, we have supported thousands of students who want to advance their gemmological knowledge and secure a world-recognised and industry-respected qualification. The route to becoming a qualified gemmologist with Gem-A starts with the Gemmology Foundation course.
This course provides the most essential information about gemstones, the science of gemmology and handling specimens. It is a vital building block that equips students with scientific understanding of gemstones and the practical skills to handle and identify gemstones.
- Who Can Apply? Everyone from complete beginners, amateur gem collectors and jewellery sales professionals, to jewellery designers and business leaders wishing to expand their knowledge.
- Study Time: 4, 6 or 9 months
- Study Method: Online or Accredited Teaching Centre
- Qualification: Gem-A Level 4 in Gemmology (Ofqual level 4). Graduates can use Cert. GA status on their CV
- Equipment Provided: Foundation practical workbook; Foundation gem set containing rough and cut specimens; a refractometer and light source to aid your studies; a portable gem kit containing 10 essential instruments, including a 10x loupe.
- Course Fees: Starting from £2,715, varies depending on method of study
Read more detailed information about this course and our entry requirements by downloading the Gemmology Foundation Guide
- By the end of the Gem-A Gemmology Foundation course you will be able to identify common gem materials confidently, explain the properties and uses of certain gem materials and apply your knowledge in real world settings.
- You will be able to handle rough, cut and set gem materials, such as diamond, sapphire, ruby and emerald, as well as organics and a range of treated and imitation gem materials.
- Through practical training, you will know how to use basic gemmological equipment and report accurately on the various observations and results of tests conducted on gemmological specimens.
- You will also be able to compare and contrast the features and properties of gem materials, treatments and synthetics in order to distinguish between gemstones.
For general enquiries, contact the Gem-A Education department on firstname.lastname@example.org.
I enjoyed every bit of it. I studied it for mainly pleasure and also in the hope I could in some way be involved in the industry… It was certainly challenging but I loved it
Dayanthi Ratnayake (Colombo, Sri Lanka), Gemmology Foundation ODL student
The tutors are all passionate, knowledgeable and friendly. They are keen to help and make study enjoyable. The course materials and guides are top notch and I will certainly be progressing in my studies here — I’ve already seen several courses I’m keen to do
Lara de-Leuw (Derby, England), Gemmology Foundation ODL student
The Foundation lab class is superb; it cements together the practical elements of the Foundation in preparation for the exam
Jason Kercher (Norwich, England), Gemmology Foundation ODL student
Read more information about further gemmological study and advancing your career, here.