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Gemmology Foundation course of Gem-A

Gem-A Gemmology Foundation course is ideal for those keen to get the best start in their gemstone education. Studying the Foundation is essential for those who want to go on to study our Gemmology Diploma and gain FGA Membership status — a symbol of knowledge, excellence and integrity in the trade.

Career options

Gemmology Foundation is the perfect starting point for a career in gemstones. If you want to work in the trade then sign up today. After completing the Gemmology Foundation, students can go directly into careers in the trade, 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.


Further study
  • Gemmology Diploma, leading to eligibility for FGA Membership status
  • Diamond Diploma available at Gem-A on-site leading to eligibility for DGA Membership status
  • BSc in Gemmology & Jewellery Studies (requires successful completion of Gemmology Foundation, Gemmology Diploma and Diamond Diploma)

Dates and Prices
Course Dates Class Day and Time Prices
Gem-A Course AGIL Tuition
13 June 2020 To 09 January 2021 Saturday : 8.30 am to 2.00 pm £. 1,227/= Local Students: Rs. 140,000/=
Foreign Students: US$. 1,200/=

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Course content:

The Foundation course covers:

  • What defines a gemstone, how to identify common gem materials confidently, andthe properties and uses of a range of gem materials.
  • Applying this knowledge of gemstone properties to their proper care and ommercial use, including gemstone fashioning and uses in jewellery.
  • An understanding of value and price factors as they relate to gemstones.
  • How to handle rough, cut and set gem materials, such as diamond, sapphire, ruby and emerald, in a professional and confident manner.
  • An understanding of a range of organic gem materials and the common treated,synthetic, and imitation gem material seen in the trade.
  • How to use basic gemmological equipment and report accurately on the various observations and results of tests conducted on gemmological specimens.
  • The origin and formation of gemstones and the various stages of the gemstone pipeline from mining to retail.
  • How to compare and contrast features and properties of gem materials, treatments and synthetics and to distinguish between, and correctly identify, gemstones.