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3-Day Practical Gemstone Identification Basics
Short Course

Gemmology Course Series

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


Course Description

Gemstone Identification Basics

This 3-day intensive course provides a unique opportunity to learn basic practical coloured gem identification skills, using standard gem testing techniques utilising equipment such as;

- 10x lens

- Polariscope

- Refractometer


The Gemmology Basics course is designed to be an introduction to practical Gemmology for those considering studying this interesting subject. With step-by-step practical instruction you will learn basic identification skills to help you to distinguish between natural, synthetic and imitation gems.


Discover more about the world of gemstones, by observing and handling a variety of stones. 

All the necessary gem material, tools/equipment is provided during the course. Course handouts will also be provided by the tutor.

This Course is ideal for anyone working in jewellery workshops or in retail or for those who are enthusiastic in this subject.

Whilst Gemmological experience is advantageous, students do not require previous Gemmological knowledge in order to participate and benefit from this Course. 

This 3-day course follows the principles as set out by the Gemmological Association (Gem-A.)


A suitable course for use as a stepping stone between the Gem-A’s more theoretical Foundation Practical Certificate Gemmology Course and the Gemmology Diploma Course.

Gemstone Identification Course



The course content for Gemstone Identification Basics does not include tuition on Pearls or about Diamonds & Grading. 

These are specialist areas and are available as stand-alone courses.

  • Up to 4 students may be attending this course, due to content, numbers are deliberately limited by the tutor. This course will still run regardless of student numbers attending in which case you will benefit from more tuition time with the tutor.

  • Course date: This course runs several times a year, please request the next course date if you would like to book. If you are the first student enrolling, we will set a new course date upon request to suit.

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Coventry UK

Kate H

Professional Gemmologist


Course Fee: Please make an enquiry 

Vat/Tax not applicable

Additional Course Information

What is the course date?

All private tuition courses are arranged upon request on a date to suit you, subject to tutor availability.

We will provides some course dates for you to choose from or you can ask about a course date or day of the week preference.

About the Course Fee

Courses are priced individually because the course fee is based upon the fee a tutor charges to take a day out their trade works to teach. 

About Materials

Metals for tuition practise is NOT included in the course fee.

This is because Bespoke Courses are tailored to suit  individual makers needs and their individual progress on the day of teaching. Therefore the amount of materials you use on the day cannot be determined in advance, and you pay the tutor direct on the day for the metal you use for practice.

- More details provided in the course description above.

Booking/Payment Information

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


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


Booking Information

  • 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. Please note, travel and accommodation booked is not eligible for a refund/reimbursement, if you are worried about this we recommend you contact your own Insurer for advice.

* 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.

* Applies only to a standard one day course only.


If you haven't found the information you are looking for or you want to ask a question about a course please make an enquiry.


Or you may text  a question to Dawn on 07703 287640

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