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Diploma in Gemmology

An in-depth scientific study of gemstones using gemmological instruments. The qualified Gemmologist is able to identify and describe whether a gem is natural, synthetic (man-made) or treated. Gemmologists identify gems in antique and modern jewellery and for jewellery production. Graduates possess the knowledge to identify gem material for subsequent wholesale and retail purchase of loose gem material. It is a fascinating subject that encompasses a world wide community promoting a passion for the ever expanding world of gemstones and their treatments.

In addition to the time required for classes (4-5hr contact hours per week), we recommend a minimum of eight additional hours per week of independent study for the in-house study method (considerably more for intensive students).

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COURSE OUTLINE

  • Physical and optical properties of gemstones
  • Gemstone light, colour and optical properties
  • Geology, chemistry and physical properties of gemstones
  • Instruments & testing procedures for gem identification
  • Crystalline gemstones (eg quartz, ruby, emerald, garnet, etc)
  • Organic gemstones (eg pearls, amber, coral, etc)
  • Synthetics and imitants

ESSENTIAL STUDY FOR

  • Manufacturing jeweller
  • Jewellery buyer
  • Jewellery valuer
  • Retail and wholesale gem sales
  • Gem enthusiast
  • Researcher
  • Second hand dealer/auction house staff

COURSE DATES, FEES & ENROLMENTS

Courses are provided by Gem-Ed Australia and individual State Divisions. Select a division below to view upcoming course dates, fees and to enrol.

Since graduating I have been setting up my new little jewellery business, Sleepless Nights Design, and working on my first production range.

SARAH MUNDAY FGAA - WA Student 2013

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Introduction to Ornamentals & Crystals

This one day course covers what is an ornamental and crystal gem materials and what is so special about them. How they are used now and in the past.

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Gemmology for Retail (Correspondence)

Our short correspondence course will introduce you to the world of gemmology, with a focus on gemstones encountered in the retail world.

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Practical Gemmology

Learn how to use gemmological equipment to do basic gemstone identification.

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