Learn more about what you will study on Gem-A’s globally-recognised Gemmology Foundation course.
Become a Gemmologist with Gem-A
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.
Our Gemmology Foundation course is ideal for those keen to get the best start in their gemstone education. If you are passionate about gemstones or simply want to gain an understanding of gemmology to enhance your career in the gem trade, this course is for you.
After completing the Gemmology Foundation, students can go directly into careers in the trade, such as buying, selling or auctioning, but will find it advantageous to their knowledge and professional standing to complete the Gemmology Diploma and apply for Membership of Gem-A, allowing them to use the letters FGA after their names — a symbol of knowledge, excellence and integrity in the trade.
4, 6 or 9 Months
Gem-A Level 4 Certificate in Gemmology
Gem-A London, online or at an Accredited Teaching Centre
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.
Non-native English speakers must have an English qualification, e.g. Academic IELTS (Level 7) or TOEFL (score of 95-120)
Course materials provided
Fully illustrated Foundation course notes; practical workbook; portable instrument kit containing essential tools; and a stone set containing 20 rough and cut study specimens.
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What will I learn?
Once completed you will be able to identify, test and handle a wide variety of gemstones — useful skills if you are handling gems on a daily basis.
Learn how 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 learn how 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.
On the course, you will learn how to use basic gemmological equipment and report accurately on the various observations and results of tests conducted on gemmological specimens.
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
Gemmology Foundation Alumni
How to Study with Gem-A
We have three different study options for you to choose from, in-person at our London HQ or through one of our Accredited Teaching Centres around the world, or by online distance learning (ODL). Find out more below.
Study at Gem-A London
Learners based in the UK can choose to study in person at the Gem-A London, situated a stone’s throw away from the world-renowned diamond district.
Study at an ATC
Learners around the world can study in person at one of our 40 Accredited Teaching Centres (ATC) found throughout Asia, Europe, America and The Middle East.
Gem-A Online Distance Learning (ODL) enables you to study Gem-A’s Gemmology and Diamond qualifications from home and in your own time, no matter where you are in the world.
Upcoming Gemmology Foundation courses
Use the table below to find an upcoming Gemmology Foundation course on-site at Gem-A London or online delivered by Gem-A.
COURSEWORK & EXAMS
How will I be assessed?
Gem-A’s mission is to advance the understanding of Gemmology via education, membership, engaging events and an inclusive, diverse, community-driven approach, ensuring accuracy and delivering best practice.
Four online assessments
Two examination papers combining theory and practical
The practical lab class is only applicable to Online Distance Learning students.
Hear from our community
Once you’ve completed your foundation you can progress through the following routes
Foundation Certificate Awarded
Gain your level 2 qualification
Eligibility for FGA membership status
Gain your FEEG Diploma
BSc in Gemmology & Jewellery Studies
Gain your BSc degree awarded by Birmingham City University
*Optional: These courses or classes are not required to become a FGA and/or DGA member, or for applying for the BSC in Gemmology & Jewellery Studies delivered by Birmingham City University.