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Gemstone or Glass - What are you Buying?

1-Day Private Tuition Course

All tutors work are professional Gemmologists or Gemmology Trade Experts who are willing to share their expertise and trade secrets with you.


Course Description

A Course specially designed for those who are interested in buying gemstones but have little or no knowledge in the area. This course provides basic guidance on identification indicators for confirming a gemstone you purchase is real. A variety of stones are examined as part of the observational process. A very useful course for anyone whose business involves gemstones.


Whilst this course does not endeavour to make a Gemmologist of you in one day, it is surprising how much you can learn in a limited amount of time.

  • Observation techniques for colour, brightness, damage, light dispersion

  • How to use a 10x Lens and techniques for holding  a stone

  • Other useful simple Gemmological Instruments

  • A brief introduction to Synthetic stones


​This course has been designed to be a useful for Jewellery Makers, Jewellery Retailers, Gemstone enthusiasts or Buyers.

No previous knowledge of Gemmology is required.

Gemstone or Glass? 1-day observational and identifiction course
Tutor Options 
Course Location
Tutors & Course Fee
Tutor Experience

Birmingham Jewellery Quarter or Coventry

Course Fee available upon request

Vat not applicable

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Additional Information

What is the course date?

The course date is set by you, so that you can undertake a tuition session at your convenience.


All dates / times of course sessions are subject to tutor availability.

Start time are generally 10am GMT London Time but this can be adjusted slightly to suit.

About the Course Fee

A large portion of the course fee quoted is paid to the tutor, because, it’s their expertise that you pay for.

Where there is a selection of tutors,  course, fee's may vary due to individual tutor requirements for teaching.


In addition a there is a small fee for arranging your course which is included in the total course fee.


Course fee payment is required in advanced by BACS Bank Transfer invoice or IBAN for international students.

Vat/Tax is not applicable

About Tuition

No Materials are required for this course, the tutor will provide all tools and gemstone materials.


This Course has an adapted online theory version

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  • At this stage this is just an enquiry with no obligation to book. 

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Booking Information

Payment Terms

Payment is required in advance and payments are handled safely and securely by BACS Bank Transfer invoicing (IBAN for International students.


Some courses are available to pay in instalments, whereby a non-refundable deposit is required to book your course date. Please ask for details if this is of interest to you.


Booking Terms

  • Once you have booked a cancellation fee of £75*  will be deducted from your refund if you cancel your course up to and including 14 days prior to the start of the course once your payment has been received.


  • Cancellations received within 14 days of the course date are not eligible for a refund, however you may re-arrange your course for one other date if you wish. 


  • Should we need to cancel your course due to unforeseen circumstances we will refund your course fee in full.

* Amount is variable depending on the duration and type of the course.  When you enquire, out quote reply will provide the actual cancellation amount applicable. £75 applies to a standard one day course.


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Or you may text  a question to Dawn on 07703 287640

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