The Gem-A Award
Gemmology Foundation Course or Gem-A Diamond Diploma
Gemmology is the science of studying, cutting, and valuing precious stones, but the essence of gemmology is in identifying gemstones.
This award for either an online Gem-A Gemmology Foundation Course (with practical course) or an online Gem-A Diamond Diploma (with practical course) is open to all competition entrants that include gemstones in their 2D and 3D submissions.
Applicants should indicate their wish to be considered for this award by ticking the entry form box and submitting a 200-word statement which demonstrates how either course would benefit them and support their career development.
Entries will be judged on:
Both the creative use of gemstones in their entry and the applicability of their submission to either the Gem-A Gemmology Foundation Course or the Gem-A Diamond Diploma course, in which the entrant needs to explain clearly how the prize will benefit them and also demonstrates their passion for and interest in gemstones/diamonds and associated trades.
The Gem-A Gemmology Foundation Course
The Gem-A Gemmology Foundation course provides the most essential information about gemstones, the science of gemmology and handling specimens. It is a vital building block that equips students with a scientific understanding of gemstones and the practical skills to handle and identify gemstones.
This is an industry respected qualification and your route to becoming a qualified gemmologist with Gem-A starts with the Foundation course. The theoretical elements of this course will be offered online. In addition, you will be offered a practical Gemmology Foundation Lab Class to complete your course. This in-person element is essential to ensure you can handle gemstones with confidence and use gemmological equipment correctly and safely. The practical class takes place over three days and can be taken at Gem-A HQ in London or via a Gem-A approved practical provider.
The Gem-A Diamond Diploma
This Online Distance Learning course is a trusted and highly respected industry qualification that is recognised globally as a signifier of rigorous and scientific diamond knowledge, in which you will gain a comprehensive understanding of diamonds and how the diamond market operates, allowing you to explore new career opportunities or enhance an existing career in the fields of diamond grading, diamond research and technology, diamond retail and diamond jewellery making, among others.
In addition, you will be offered a practical Diamond Grading & Identification Lab Class. This five-day course has been especially designed to expand your diamond skills and experience in a short period of time and will take place at Gem-A HQ in London. Successful completion of this course will make you eligible for Gem-A Membership as the Fellow of Diamond Member of Gem-A (DGA).