Our Gemmology Foundation course is ideal for those keen to get the best start in their gemstone education. Whether you want to further your career in the trade or simply learn about gemstones, this course is for you. Once completed you will be able to identify, test and handle a wide variety of gemstones. Studying the Foundation is essential for those who want to go on to study our Gemmology Diploma and gain FGA status — symbols of excellence.
All ODL Gemmology Foundation students need to attend a three-day Gemmology Foundation lab class. Students can attend a lab class in the UK, USA or Japan, or may arrange a class with a GAPP centre of their choice.
All Foundation ODL students are provided with a refractometer and light source, in addition to the standard study stones and portable instrument kit at the start of their course. This enables students to familiarize themselves with the instruments at home, and complete some of the practical elements with the help of their distance tutor.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or post it to: Education Department, 21 Ely Place, London, EC1N 6TD.
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