The World of Gemstones at Your Own Pace
What is Gemlntro?
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Discover the world of gems and gemmology with GemIntro by Gem-A, the leading provider of gemmology education. Our new short course, crafted by the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) is recognised for its industry-leading Diplomas and Fellowship program. The course provides a comprehensive introduction to the fascinating world of gemmology and is perfect for those starting a career in the industry or for gem enthusiasts looking to expand their knowledge.
With GemIntro, you’ll gain a broad understanding of the different aspects of gemmology and how it’s applied in various fields such as retail, manufacturing, jewellery design, and mining. Upon successful completion, you will be able to work with and buy gems with increased confidence, identify the characteristics and features of commonly available gemstones, and explore other gem-related topics such as responsible sourcing and sustainability. Whether you’re looking to start a career or just want to understand more about the exciting, beautiful, and diverse world of gemstones, GemIntro is the perfect choice.
By completing GemIntro, you will gain the ability to:
Our online-only gemmology course, expertly crafted by leading industry professionals, offers the ultimate foundation for beginner’s gemstone knowledge. The syllabus includes an in-depth examination of gemmology terms, techniques, and concepts, and serves as a solid starting point for further education, such as the Gem-A Gemmology Foundation course.
In this first chapter we will explore what gemmology is, its history, and how gems become precious in the first place. We will also look at how gemmology has advanced, including how contempory laboratories are equipped.
Gems & Gemstones
Here, we will take a closer look at gems, gemstones, the materials that make them up and how we can determine their quality.
In this chapter we will begin to break down the differences between natural and artificial gems and explore how we can differentiate between natural gem materials and synthetic materials produced in the laboratory
Here, we begin to explore the unique properties of gems including their hardness, propensity to fracture or cleave, and their dimensions and weights.
Correct gem observation is a very important part of gemmology, and we will begin to explore how to observe gems. This ranges from looking with our own eyes through to using simple equipment and correct lighting. We will also look at how to clean and handle gemstones.
Gemstones & Light
Here, we will begin to explore the complicated interactions between gemstones and light. This will include looking at colour, lustre, and the various optical effects that become apparent when illuminating certain gems and gemstones.
More on Magnification
Let us take a much closer look at gems and explore their internal worlds. This includes identifying various inclusions within gem materials through to seeking evidence in identifying the origin of gems and gemstones – be it natural or synthetic.
Improving the Appearance or Durability of Gems
Here, we look at treatments, what methods are used to improve the appearance and durability of gems through utilising oil and resins, coating stones and applying heat or irradiation.
Cutting and Setting
In chapter nine we begin to explore the basics of cutting, setting, and faceting stones. We will look at the various methods and forms of gem cutting and more contemporary
styles, fashioning, and techniques.
From Mine to Market
In this chapter we follow the journey of gems from mine to market, exploring the geology of gems and importance of disclosure from mine to consumer. We will also consider how we determine the value of gems and look at how stones may be traced back to a place of origin.
The Lore of Gemstones
Finally, we will look at the lore of gemstones and explore some of the traditional properties attributed to them, including their believed medicinal uses and function as birthstones.
Further reading on 32 gem and gemstone categories are available on successful completion of each chapter including agate, alexandrite, amber and copal, aquamarine, carnelian, coral, cubic zirconia, diamond, emerald, garnet, glass, iolite, jade, lapis lazuli, opal, pearl, peridot, quartz (citrine, rock crystal, amethyst), ruby, sapphire, spinel, tanzanite, topaz, tourmaline, turquoise and zircon.
Ready to Get Started?
To get started with GemIntro by Gem-A and begin learning gemmology online at your own pace, please follow these easy steps:
Register for the course and gain 6 months of access to the online material.
Log in to your GemIntro account and launch the course.
Complete chapter quizzes to unlock additional content.
Pass the final assessment to receive your Level 2 GemIntro Certificate.
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