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Kate H | Professional Gemmologist

Areas of expertise 

Gemmology and Diamonds - All areas including:

  • Diamond Grading

  • Diamond Awareness

  • Diamonds: Synthetic, Treated & Imitation Diamonds - Basic Indicators

  • Individual Gemstones - Identification / Appraisal

  • Gemmology Basics

  • Accredited FGA and DGA syllabus work

  • Very experienced tutor



Kate is a graduate of the prestigious Birmingham City University School of Jewellery and has over 20 years teaching experience, including 16 years as gemmology tutor at Birmingham's School of Jewellery, incorporating 5 years as Course Director of Gemmology.


Kate is a very experienced, highly qualified Gemmologist with over 20 years of trade knowledge, she is a Fellow of the Gemmological Association (Gem-A) of Great Britain; a holder of the Gem-A's Gemmology Diploma (FGA) and Diamond Diploma (DGA): a Graduate Gemmologist (GG) of the Gemmological Institute of America (GIA) and she has  completed a course in diamond polishing in Hatton Garden, London.

Currently Kate is one of only two U.K. based Gem-A ATCs (Accredited Teaching Centre) for Gem-A, and has done so since 2000. and she is also one of their accredited correspondence learning tutors. Kate specialises in the training of students to FGA and DGA level, achieving a sound track record of student pass rates, with Gem-A world awards regularly being attained by Kate's students. Independently Kate also offers courses and one-to-one based tuition to UK and international students  who work in the Jewellery Industry or who are interested or enthusiastic about gemstones.

Kate's expertise led her to teach a bespoke course on Garnet identification for Birmingham Museum (BMAG), to assist with their conservation staff working on the Staffordshire Hoard project.


Kate is also one of the experts appointed to The Bespoke Jewellery Training Company's Panel of Experts.  Experts are invited to the Panel because of an exceptional level of skill in their field and/or their support of professional development and fine trade practises.


West Midlands & Selected courses online


Learn from Kate H

To check Kate's availability for a course please make and enquiry or email Dawn Meaden-Johnson



Thank you, I had an excellent learning experience.
Kate is a great teacher, exactly what I was looking for. 

Lots of gems, plenty of tips and a wealth of knowledge.

I would highly recommend Kate and rate her course 5 * Excellent

Lesley | 

2-Day Gemmology Refresher Course
Coloured Gemstones


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