Gemstones in Retail Jewellery

6 Hours | ONLINE  Private Tuition

Get the Gemstone product knowledge needed to be effective in retail sales

Tuition from a professional Gemmologist

Course Description

This course is specifically designed to provide to anyone working in Jewellery Retail with the basic product knowledge required to help you successfully sell Gemstone set Jewellery.


Part 1 | 3 Hours 

The first part of the course discusses the important basic attributes of gemstones such as the importance of hardness and the different aspects to the cut, colour distribution.


Part 2 | 3 Hours

The second part of the course covers gemstone species and varieties and the different colours found. Also included is some geographical and geological origins of gemstones; Gemstone, inclusions and treatments; Gemstone stories such has Birthstones, Wedding Anniversary gemstones, Myths and Superstitions and the subject of healing properties of gemstones. Care of gemstone jewellery, taking in jewellery for repair and Hallmarks are also discussed.


Some of the individual Gemmology areas mentioned in the above sessions can be quite extensive and the tutor will covers basic important aspects during this course. If you would like to delve into much more depth in any particular area, additional courses sessions can be arranged.


Important note about Pearls & Diamonds

Pearl and Diamond hardness and care are included briefly in this course, however the extensive subjects of Diamond Grading and quality factors of Pearls must be offered as separate practical course sessions.

(Not available online).


No previous Gemmological knowledge is required in order to participate and benefit from this Course.


 Courses are delivered interactively by Zoom

You join Zoom before the course, membership is free of charge. 


The tutor will email or text you a link to join your private Zoom course session just before the agreed course time.

See Student information below

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Practical Course Extension |  5 Hours

Location: Coventry, UK

This practical face-to-face addition to the online course provides a unique opportunity for students to experience a combined tuition session with expert Gemmology tutor Kate and  experienced Jeweller Aleks in their adjacent Gem Lab and Jewellery workshop. 

In this session students will handle both rough and fashioned gemstone materials, examples from the gemmology tutor’s extensive collection of gem specimens, examples of which are widely seen within today’s retail market.

In addition Jeweller, Aleks introduces you to his traditional working environment where you will receive an overview and demonstration of CAD (Computer Aided Design) for Jewellery, CNC Milling and 3D printing and a brief explanation of the Lost Wax Casting methodology. By understanding these methods in brief, you will gain some important insight into these key technologies used extensively in the modern day design and manufacturing of commercial jewellery ranges seen in today’s Retail Jewellers.


Not suitable for Online Tuition

This practical course is not suitable for online tuition and is therefore is only available once Covid-19 Lockdown restrictions are lifted – as per Public Health England guidelines.

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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.

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


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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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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. Gem-A courses are fully quoted prior to booking.

ZOOM ONLINE COURSES | Student Information


1. Courses are delivered interactively by Zoom ( You join Zoom before the course, membership is free of charge.

2. Just before your course session the tutor will email or text you a link to join your course session just before the agreed session time.

3. Course notes will be provided before the course starts so that you can refer to these during the course and make a note of a question arising you might like to ask during the course.

4. Session start time options 9.30am or 1pm (GMT London time). Can be tailored slightly to suit.

International students please see below.


International students

- Please ensure your local time is compatible for learning with a tutor based in the UK.

- The course tuition is in English as standard. 

- International payments: Please allow at least 3 days for payment,  and note the course fee must be received at least 48 hours prior to the start of the course.


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