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Gem-A Gemmology Foundation Tuition Course
- with Exam

Please contact Gem-A directly for Tuition

The tutor for this course is a professional Gemmologist and an accredited Gem-A tutor


This Gemmology Foundation course is a required module that students must graduate from before students enrolment on the Gem-A Gemmology Diploma Course.
  • 15 x Days of Gemmology Foundation  tuition (Equivalent days of part-time tuition are available)
  • 1 x   Exam day​
  • Part-time flexible tuition sessions are available 

Course Description

This course follows the syllabus as laid out by the Gem-A (The Gemmological Association of Great Britain).
Gem-A Gemmology Foundation Course

The following topic are covered in this Gemmology Foundation Course.

  • Gemstone sources, creation and mining for retail on a variety of common gem materials.

  • An introduction to the usage of industry standard Gemmological equipment.

  • Classification – Defining gemstones characteristics and uses.

  • Professional and confident handling of gem materials including rough cut and polished gemstones.

  • Gemstone usage within the jewellery industry.

  • Identification of the characteristics that separate natural (organic), synthetic, treated and imitation gemstones.

  • Feature that determine the pricing and valuation of gemstones.

  • Industry standard gemmological report making – How to report your observations and tests on Gemstone specimens.

  • Gemstone professional care.

Course Fee, Location & Date

Please read the important information provided in each of the boxes below



Professional Gemmologist accredited by the Gem-A to teach their Diploma courses.

 Practical & Theory

15 Days or equivalent of tuition

- Each session is a 3 hour or 6 hours of part time tuition until your 30 days of tuition is completed.

- Vat is not applicable to the tuition fee

- Currency is GBP

- Your Exam day is 2x additional days to the tuition days


Your Gem-A Exam & Materials Fee * 

- YOU pay this separately to the GEM-A with tutor at the time of your Exam enrolment


* The Exam / Materials fee is a guideline only and may will be subject to an increase by the GEM-A 

TUITION Course Location

Refer to Gem-A

BUT but your Exam must take place at a certified Gem-A Examination Centre.


EXAM Materials Information


The Tutor is a certified trainer for the Gem-A, who will use sets of "Training stones" for your tuition which are of and exceed the quality of stones required to deliver the Course to Gem-A syllabus standards.

Training Materials (Student) 

The Gem-A provides each student with a set of Course Materials* which are for template.


*The tutor will order materials for you and the cost is included as part of your Gem-A Exam & Materials Fee.


As these items are provided by Gem-A. note that it is possible that the items provided may differ from those listed above.


This course can only proceed with the approval of the GEM-A

(Gemmological Association of Great Britain)

If you wish to proceed with this course the tutor Kate H will make enquires as to the available dates and permission to run your course.

Once a course date has been confirmed a payment of the course TUITION FEE in full is required.

If  the Gem-A  need to cancel the Exam part of your course due to unforeseen circumstances they will most likely offer you an alternative exam date or centre.

EXAM (Gem-A) Location

Course Tuition Dates MUST coincide with the Gem-A Exam exam dates as follows:

a) Gem-A headquarters in London: Enrolment is October for the January Exam and Enrolment is March for the June Exam.

Additional dates may be offered by the Gem-A.

b) School of Jewellery Birmingham:

 Dates to be advised .

Your Exam MUST take place at a certified Gem-A Examination Centre.


Tutor Kate will make an enquiry as to exam place availability.


Your place is not guaranteed at every Exam Centre because if insufficient students book an exam place then the Gem-A may cancel exams at that centre (e.g. January at the School of Jewellery Birmingham) and advise your must take your exam at Gem-A in London. 

Course Booking Terms

Due to stringent terms applied by the Gem-A and the complex course arrangements there is a cancellation fee 


TUITION Course Cancellation Fee £250

This will be deducted from your refund, if you cancel your course, up to 14 days before the start of your tuition course once your payment has been received.

No partial or full refund is available once the course has started.

Gem-A Registration/Exam Fee

You pay the exam fee direct to the Gem-A therefore they determine if a refund is possible or not if you cancel your exam place after enrolment. 

How to Book


Course Payment

Payment for your TUITION FEE is required in advance .


You must pay by BACS

You will receive an invoice for the tuition fee advising of all the details.

There is a course cancellation fee applicable so you should make sure you can attend the tuition and exam dates BEFORE booking.


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