Gem-A Membership

Gem-A membership gives you exclusive discounts, access to our journal and magazine, events and networking opportunities with a global community of like-minded professionals and enthusiasts.


Your Gem-A membership starts here

Becoming a Gem-A Member is the best way to make the most of our global community, publications and events. You will receive quarterly issues of our magazines, Gems & Jewellery and The Journal of Gemmology, secure exclusive discounts for the Gem-A Instruments shop, and benefit from educational workshops throughout the year.

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Associate Membership


If you want to learn more about gemmology or diamonds and join a global network of enthusiasts, hobbyists and professionals, our associate membership is the best choice for you.

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Corporate Membership


If your business sells, auctions, manufactures or appraises gems or gem-set jewellery, our corporate membership inspires consumer confidence in your staff and business.

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FGA DGA Membership


If you’ve graduated from our Gemmology or Diamond Diploma, it’s time to enjoy the benefits of Gem-A Membership and be recognised for your expertise with exclusive post-nominals.


Exclusive member-only benefits


From building a lab with microscopes and refractometers, to analysing stones on the move with loupes, testers and other hand-held accessories, you can rely on Gem-A Instruments. With a range of products and books including something for the hobbyist to the expert, we’re sure to have your every gemmological need covered, and members benefit from exclusive discounts.

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Gem-A’s two leading publications, The Journal of Gemmology and Gems&Jewellery, are available for members only. Published in 1947, The Journal is delivered quarterly, with articles authored by leading gemmologists and researchers. Thousands of gem and jewellery industry professionals, gemmology students and retailers rely on Gems&Jewellery for insightful advice and more.


At the heart of our association are our members and we host a number of events both in London, within the UK and around the globe where members can connect with Gem-A staff, fellow gem enthusiasts and professionals from within the trade. The Gem-A Conference is one of the most prestigious events in the gem and jewellery calendar. Boasting an incredible line-up of speakers including expert gemmologists from every area of the field who gather in London each year. It is a must-attend Conference for anyone interested in gemmology.

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Those who pass the Gem-A Gemmology Diploma or Diamond Diploma can apply to become Members of the Association and, once accepted, can use the FGA and DGA post-nominals. The post-nominal letters FGA and DGA mean Fellow of the Gemmological Association (FGA) and Diamond Member of the Gemmological Association (DGA). They serve as a distinguished mark of expertise and authority in their respective fields.


Member Hub

The Member Hub is a centralised area where Gem-A members can find additional information, resources and support, with quick links to all their member benefits, including the publications, and networking opportunities with our global community.

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Member resources

If you’re an existing Gem-A member, here are some resources that will help you get the most out of your membership.

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Member Hub

The Member Hub is a centralised area where Gem-A members can network with our global members, find resources and support, with quick links to all member benefits, including both of the publications.

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The Journal of Gemmology and Gems&Jewellery archives are ready to be explored, stretching back all the way to 1947. Members also receive quarterly editions of both The Journal and the members’ magazine.

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Gem-A has an established network of regional branches within the UK, where members of the Association regularly meet meet up with local people that have similar interests in their own areas.

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Whether you’re a Gem-A member, a student or thinking about joining us, we’re here to support you. Simply contact us with any queries you might have and we’ll get back to you with a swift resolution. 

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The Memorandum of the Association governs the way the Association works, including the internal rules and structure of the business as a charity, an educational institute and a membership association.

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The By-Laws of the Association detail the rules current or prospective members must abide by to take up Membership of the Association. Our By-Laws have been built over the course of 100 years

Frequently Asked Questions

Gem-A membership runs from 1st January to 31st December each year. Even if you join partway through the year, your membership will still lapse on 31st December.

Membership to Gem-A is £145GBP if paid after 31st December. However, you can take advantage of the early bird rate of £120 GBP, if you pay in the renewal period between October and 31st December for the following years membership.

No, anyone with an interest in gemmology can become an associate member of Gem-A. This includes enthusiasts, hobbyists, professionals, and students. You are entitled to the same benefits as other members, just your name won’t appear in the FGA/DGA register and you are not entitled to use the post nominals. You will also have a different membership badge.

Gem-A will send a renewal reminder at the end of October for the coming year’s membership. We will use the email that we have listed for you so please make sure your details are up-to-date by going to My Account in the Member’s Dashboard. We recommend that you renew your membership when you receive the reminder so that you can take advantage of the special early bird rate before the 31st December each year.

No, the post nominals can only be used by paid-up members of the Association. This has been written in the Articles of the Association since 1931.


How do you want to renew your membership?

The easiest and most secure way to renew is to log in and pay online. If you don’t want to pay online please complete the Application Form.