British Gem Academy
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The Science of Gemmology

Undeniably the science of gemmology has undergone drastic changes in the last twenty years with new and highly sophisticated man-made gemstones and a proliferation of enhancement techniques providing both exciting and challenging times for today's professional gemmologist. Today, more than ever, it is important to keep abreast of these developments and to understand the various techniques used to detect them.

The British Gem Academy is a division of the World Gem Foundation, an international organization whose goal is to promote the science of gemmology by providing a comprehensive and dynamic gemmological program that leads to their 'Career Gemmologist' designation.

From our basic gemmology course that looks at the instruments used to identify gemstones and the scientific principles they are based upon to advanced gemmology that covers two of the most challenging and fluid areas of gemmology; lab-created gemstones and treatments and enhancements to the systematic identification of gemstones based on colour and transparency, to the intriguing world of diamonds and coloured gemstones, our courses are designed to not only give you the tools to work in this dynamic and diversified field but in a language that will help you understand the many scientific disciplines it encompasses.

Whether you are starting out, looking at changing your career path or a seasoned professional who simply wants to update your skills, our flexible and comprehensive courses and programs will help you to achieve your goals.

Our courses are available in a variety of formats including print, a free standing e-course and online.

There has never been a better time to explore the fascinating world of gemmology.

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