The GAA uses Moodle to provide access to online resources for our Diploma students. Moodle contains a wealth of information, including the official Course Notes, class handouts, the Student Handbook
and more. You can access Moodle at student.gem.org.au.

If you have trouble accessing Moodle, please contact your state Education Support Officer. Add noreply@student.gem.org.au to your address book to ensure important notifications are received.

GAA Diploma Students


If you are having trouble with your studies, please contact your state Education Support Officer for support and assistance:

  • New South Wales: nsw.education@gem.org.au
  • Queensland: qld.education@gem.org.au
  • South Australia: sa.education@gem.org.au
  • Tasmania: tas.education@gem.org.au
  • Victoria: vic.education@gem.org.au
  • Western Australia: wa.education@gem.org.au

Gemmology Libraries

Our teaching centres around Australia feature extensive collections of books and magazines related to gemmology, geology, mineralogy, lapidary and more. Contact your state division to see what resources are available to you.

Recommended Reading

Wider reading is encouraged outside of course notes and required reading, some of the texts that we recommend are:

  • The Australian Gemmologist, Journal of GAA
  • Journal of Gemmology, Journal of Gem-A
  • Gems & Gemmology, Journal of the GIA
  • Anderson, B. W. & Jobbins, E. A., 1990. Gem Testing. 10th ed. London: Butterworth &Co.
  • Bruton, E., 1979. Diamonds. 2nd ed. Pennsylvania, USA: Chilton Book.
  • Campbell-Pedersen, M., 2010. Gem and ornamental material of organic origin. London NAG Press.
  • Chapman, J., Deljanin, B. & Spyromilios, G., 2017. Fluorescence as a Tool for Diamond Identification – a Guide. Gemetrix.
  • Dominy, G. M., 2015. Handbook of Gemmology. 3rd edv on DVD, with digital formats for Windows, Apple and Android devices.
  • Gemological Institute of America, 1995. GIA Gem Reference Guide. USA: GIA.
  • Harlow, G. E., 1997. The Nature of Diamonds. Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Koivula, J., 2000. Microworld of Diamonds: A Visual Reference. Gemworld International.
  • Liddicoat, R. T. Jnr., 1989. Handbook of Gem Identification. 12th ed. GIA.
  • Michelsen, S. S. & Watermeyer, В., 2005. Art of Diamond Cutting. 2nd ed. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
  • O’Donoghue, M., ed., 2006. Gems. 6th ed. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann.
  • Read, P. Gv 2005. Gemmology. 3rd ed., Sydney: Elsevier Butterworth Heinemann.
  • Schumann, W., 2013. Gemstones of the World. 5th ed. New York: Sterling.
  • Sevdermish, M. & Sevdermish, A., 1996. The Dealer’s Book of Gems and Diamonds, Vol II. Israel: Kal Printing House.
  • Shigley, J. E., ed., 2005. Gems and Gemology in Review: Synthetic Diamonds, USA: Gemological Institute of America.
  • Wilks, J. W. & Wilks, W., 1995 The Properties and Applications of Diamond. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann.

Assistance for students with learning or language difficulties

  • A C-Pen Reader is a pen that speaks when moved over text to aid people learning English or those who suffer from reading difficulties such as dyslexia.
  • Irlen Clinic offers colour overlays that can be especially helpful for reading computer screens. Assists people with reading and perceptual disorders and dyslexia diagnosis.
  • AUSPELD has associations available in most states of Australia, these organisations exist to support people with learning difficulties and disabilities.
    They can advise of testing and tools etc to assist individuals with their learning. Tutors are also available.
  • Read Write Now! is a free service available in Western Australia designed to help adults wanting to improve their reading, writing, spelling, maths and/or IT skills. After an initial consultation, they can have a tutor come to a library near you once a week for up to 9 months to assist you with literacy or study.
  • iOS Speech Tools provide text to speech tools for almost any instance of text. Can be useful for reading emails, PDF course notes etc.