Gemstone Studies for Beginners | BAJ

Gemstone Studies for Beginners

Course overview

Our two day intensive course in Gemstone Studies will guide you through the A-Z of gemstones, and equip you with the knowledge which will enable you to recognise and sell commercially important gemstones. Under the guide of our specialist tutor, you will learn how to correctly identify species and varieties of common and rare gemstones with the benefit of understanding their physical and optical properties which can help determine mining origin. During the course you will also learn how to examine the wide range of gemstone properties using professional gemstone tools and you will gain tips to help you distinguish synthetic gemstones, simulants and enhanced gemstones. You will study what attributes affect gem prices and availability, and gain knowledge for use of realising sales and excellence of service.

• Discover how to identify gemstones

• Learn with gemstone expert, Graham Tom who has over 35 years experience in the jewellery industry

• Develop your knowledge in the properties of gemstones

• Small group sizes

Next dates: 19th – 20th June 2021

Course Content
Course Content

Topics include:

  • Introduction to gemstone structure and mining sources.
  • Physical properties of gemstones (hardness, toughness, cleavage and fracture, chemical stability, density and specific gravity and weight)
  • Optical properties (lustre, reflection, asterism, iridescence, inclusions and optical effect of light on gemstones (causes of colour, transparency, dispersion and diffraction, refraction)
  • Identification of natural, synthetic, artificial and simulant gemstones
Key Information
Key Information
Level: Beginners
Entry requirements: No prior knowledge or skills are necessary for this course but prior jewellery knowledge may be advantageous

Who should take this course?

  • Suited for professionals or jewellery enthusiasts
  • Current students enrolled in jewellery related courses
  • Professionals or students looking to gain gemstone expertise 

Course Dates: 19th – 20th June 2021

Tutor: Graham Tom has over 35 years experience in the jewellery industry. He is a diamond and gemstone broker, bespoke jeweller, registered valuer, and an expert witness.

Duration: 2 days, 10am to 5pm

Location: London

Price: £399

Qualification: British Academy of Jewellery Gemstone Studies for Beginners Certificate


On completion of the beginner level course, we highly recommend taking our Intermediate Gemstone Studies course to gain a more in-depth, technical understanding of gemstones. The British Academy of Jewellery also offers a diverse range of specialist intensive courses to help individuals develop their jewellery knowledge and skill set in an area such a CAD and gemstone studies. We also provide a Jewellery Design and Manufacturing Diploma programme, which will equip you with all the knowledge and skills you need to design, make and sell jewellery.

Contact Us

Morley House,
26-30 Holborn Viaduct,
London EC1A 2AT

+44 (0)20 7405 0197

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