Gem-A, The Gemmological Association of Great Britain
London, England, UK
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About this Association
Gem-A, the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, is the world’s longest-running international provider of gem and jewellery education. A UK charity, they can trace their lineage back to 1908 - that’s over 112 years of experience and expertise in the field of gemstones and minerals. It is their mission to advance the understanding of gemstones through education, membership, engaging international events and a community-driven approach to accuracy and best practice.
Gem-A HQ is based in the heart of London’s diamond district and enjoys a well-established connection to the rest of the world through a network of Accredited Teaching Centres (ATCs). Studying with Gem-A gives student’s confidence to pursue their ambitions, knowing they are supported by a solid foundation of gemmological knowledge that goes beyond aesthetics and delves into the fascinating science of gems.
On successful completion of their Gemmology and/or Diamond Diplomas, graduates can apply to become a Fellow or Diamond Member of Gem-A, and use the prestigious post-nominal letters FGA and/or DGA after their name. Only Diploma holders of Gem-A’s Gemmology and Diamond qualifications, and those who remain paid-up Members of the Association, are entitled to use these letters.
By remaining Members of the Association, Graduates have shown their commitment to continued professional development and agree to adhere to the Gem-A by-laws and code of practice. You can view a full list of FGA and DGA Members by clicking the ‘ FGA & DGA Register’ button at the top of this page.
Levels of Membership
- Associate Member - you don’t have to have prior knowledge of gemmology or diamonds to become an Associate Member, just a willingness to learn, receive information and join their worldwide network of enthusiasts and professionals.
- Fellow of the Gemmological Association (FGA) - On successful completion of the Gem-A Gemmology Diploma, graduates can apply to become a Fellow of the Gemmological Association (FGA). Only paid-up Fellows can use the internationally recognised letters FGA after their name and take advantage of the benefits available to Gem-A Members.
- Diamond Member of the Gemmological Association (DGA) - On successful completion of the Gem-A Diamond Diploma, graduates can apply to become a Diamond Member of the Gemmological Association (DGA). Only paid-up Diamond Members can use the internationally recognised letters DGA after their name and take advantage of the available benefits.
- Corporate Membership - If you or your business sells, auctions, manufactures or appraises gems or gem-set jewellery, you may be able to join Gem-A as a Corporate Member. Corporate Membership allows you to keep up-to-date with developments in the trade and helps to inspire consumer confidence in your staff and business.
To find out more about Gem-A's gemmology courses, gemmological instruments and gemmological conferences, please use the contact links at the top of this page.
- Identity: Registered Charity
- Managed By: Committee
- Parent Entity: Automonous
- Inception: 1908
- Public & Trade Professionals
- Home Country & International
- Number Members: 1000-5000
- Min Member Fee: £110
- Post Nominals: hover to reveal
- Courses Available: Yes
- Topics: Gemmology
- Online / Distance Learning
- Annual Conference
21 Ely Place
- Chargeable, Close-by
- Walk-in Visitors are welcome
- Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
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The jewellery valuation businesses below have a least one staff Appraiser who is an FGA, DGA or has a Corporate Membership with Gem-A (The Gemmological Association of Great Britain). Sorted by Country, State and then by City.
Republic of Ireland
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Adrian S. Perth
I took my FGA back in the mid '80s, it was a challenge, a very big challenge for me at the time. But as a jewellery valuer, those three little letters after my name have been pure gold and opened many doors.
Compared to back then, Gem-A seems to be a very different gemmological association today, but that qualification still has the same value worldwide. It is now staffed with young, vibrant and talented people. Any interaction I have with Gem-A is always positive and friendly.