Special Award

Online Gemmology Foundation Course

This online course, inclusive of a practical lab class, is open to all competition entries that include gemstones in their 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 this course would benefit them and support their career development.  
Further details on the Gem-A Gemmology Foundation Course are available from or
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Judges Comments 2019/20

This prize was open to craftspeople and designers alike and should be considered an opportunity to expand their holistic industry knowledge, no matter their chosen path or specialism. The aim of the Gem-A Award is to make gemmology and diamond education accessible to all through a prize that asks entrants to clearly show – through their entered work and a supporting statement – how a greater knowledge of gemstones will help to elevate both their work and career progression. 

As a result, we looked for both well-presented work, ideally containing gemstones, alongside a well-rounded statement that showed a clear understanding not only of how the prize will benefit the entrant, but that also their passion and interest in the jewellery trade. 

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Gem-A Award Winner 2019/20

Daniel Woodford
Gold Decorative Vessel 

Gem-A Award Winner 2019/20

Amber Tenzin-Dolma
Timber Mine Shaft Bangle 

About Gem-A

Gem-A is the world’s longest established provider of gem and jewellery education. Our Gemmology Diploma evolved from the first gem course proposed for the UK Jewellery trade in 1908 and our prestigious Gemmology and Diamond Diplomas – taught in five languages and 17 countries – are recognised throughout the world. Gem-A forms an international community of gem professionals and enthusiasts via our membership opportunities and serves the interests of the gem and jewellery industries through the high standards of education that our courses provide. 

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