DeBeers Diamond Foundation Course

Topics include


  • Diamond growth and properties
  • Travel to the surface and exploration
  • Diamond mining and recovering
  • Rough sorting and pricing
  • The polished 4Cs
  • Cutting and polishing
  • Jewellery design, marketing and retail
  • Synthetics diamonds, simulants and treatments

Additional information



Entry requirements

No prior knowledge and skills are necessary for this course


Distance learning over a four-month period. Within each module there are chapters that break the learning down into bite-size pieces with chapter study lengths, ranging from 10 to 30 minutes on average, enabling you to study at your own pace.




Certificate of Completion for the Diamond Foundation Course from De Beers Group


£280.00 (discounted to £180.00 for BAJ Students)

Course description

Conceived as the perfect next step for learners who have completed our Gemmology for Beginners course, this intermediate programme explores more advanced topics that provide jewellery students, industry professionals and retailers alike with invaluable knowledge and skills for recognising and understanding gemstones.

Entry requirements

No prior knowledge and skills are necessary for this course.

Fees & funding

£180 if booked via BAJ, full price £280.

There is no funding available for short courses

What you will learn

  • Professional equipment for identifying gemstones
  • Calculating the Carat of gemstones
  • Estimating the weight of stones
  • Optically isotropic or optically anisotropic gemstones


After completing the DeBeers Diamond Foundation, we highly recommend taking our Gemmology for Beginners course to gain a more in-depth, technical understanding of Gemstones.

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