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Diamond vs Imitation: Identification Basics

1-Day Gemmology Course | Private 1:1 Tuition

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


Course Description

Diamond vs Imitation

Identification Basics

This course has been designed to provide you with information about the standard gemmological identification markers used to separate a diamond from its imitators.


With tutor guidance you will be shown how to use  Gemmological instruments, including the thermal diamond tester to look for the characteristic differences of stones.


The emphasis of this course is being on identifying the most successful diamond imitations seen in today’s market place which are synthetic moissanite and cubic zirconia (C.Z.)  vs a real diamond.

  • Obtain a basic understanding of the differences between natural and imitation stones.

  • Learn basic Gemmology terminology 

  • Find out about essential gem identification tools & equipment


Imitation Diamonds are not to be confused as Synthetic Diamonds.  A Synthetic Diamond is a man-made or laboratory grown stone.

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

No previous Diamond or Gemmology knowledge is required.

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Tutor Options

The tutors for this course work as professional Gemmologists and Jewellery Industry specialists who are willing to share their expertise and trade secrets with you.

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Kate H 

Professional Gemmologist FGA, DGA, GIA Pearl, GG

Course Fee: £325 Private interactive tuition

Vat/Tax not applicable

Additional Information

What is the course date?

The course date is arranged to suit you, so that you can undertake a tuition session at your convenience.


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

About Tuition

Gemstone materials, for study are provided by the tutor for this course. Both rough and fashioned, examples of which are widely seen within today’s retail market.

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

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


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

Vat/Tax is not applicable


Make a Course Enquiry

Advise your details on the form provided. At this stage this is just an enquiry with no obligation to book.

You will receive full details to help you decide if you would like to book the course.


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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 £95*  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. Gem-A courses are fully quoted prior to booking.


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