Gem-A Launches Digital Entry-Level Gemology Course
GemIntro is meant to give a broad introduction to gems and gemology.
London—The Gemmological Association of Great Britain has added to its education lineup with a digital course designed to give a broad introduction to gems and gemology.
Gem-A launched GemIntro for anyone seeking to start or progress their career in gemology, it said on its website.
It includes 11 lessons and more than 50 videos for up to 30 hours of learning.
Class topics include understanding what makes a material gem-quality, what contributes to their value, the different types of materials, gem properties like hardness, toughness, and cleavage, and observing a gem with the naked eye and under magnification.
It also will dive into how light behaves in relation to a gem and the optical effects of a gemstone, inclusions and how they help with origin determination, treatments, cutting and setting, mining processes, and reading on 32 gem materials, among other topics.
There are no prerequisites for the course, and students will have the flexibility to finish it at their own pace over six months.
There is an assessment at the end, which is mostly multiple choice. Students need to get 80 percent correct to pass.
Those who do will receive an Ofqual-accredited Gem-A Level 2 Award in GemIntro certificate. (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) is a non-ministerial government department that regulates qualifications, exams, and tests in England.)
New students can enroll at any time.
The cost is a one-time fee of £220, or whatever the exchange rate is at the time of purchase for U.S.-based or international students.
For more information, visit Gem-A.com.
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