educational courses

Selling Skills

GIA logoGIA Pearl Grading Lab Class (GEM 149L)

Course Description: Discover techniques for selling pearls. Learn how to buy and sell Akoya, South Sea, Tahitian, and freshwater pearls. Learn GIA’s 7 Pearl Value Factors™ and the difference between natural and cultured pearls. Learn about post-harvest treatments, imitations, and pearl testing.

Duration: 1 Day Book Now

Price: £230

Core Knowledge

GIA logoGraduate Pearls Diploma Programme.

Course Description: Satisfy the most discriminating buyers with your knowledge of pearls.  Suitable for those seeking possible career paths as Auction Specialists, Buyers, Jewelers, or in Retail Sales.  Determine pearl quality using GIA’s7 Pearl Value Factors™: size, shape, color, luster, surface quality, nacre quality, and matching.  Understand post-harvest treatments, imitation pearls, and pearl-testing practices.  Know what leading retailers and wholesalers think about the resurgence of pearls, and how you can capitalize on this trend.   Increase profits by using pearl buying and selling techniques.   Understand pearl trends and classifications.  Explain to customers the value, beauty, and quality of all varieties of pearls

Duration:  Online eLearning + Hands-On Lab ClassBook Now


Gemmology Diploma 

Course Description: The most prestigious international gemmological qualification in the gem and jewellery trade, Gem-A’s Gemmology Diploma follows on from the Gemmology Foundation.  It supports students’ learning, whilst encouraging interaction with the gem and jewellery trade. Upon completion of the Diploma course you will be confident at handling, testing and identifying a wide variety of gemstones.

Duration: c. 9 monthsBook Now

Price: From £4000

BSc in Gemmology and Jewellery Studies

Course Description: As part of this course you will learn Advanced Gemmology, Advanced Diamonds, Geology of Gemstones,  Valuation & Appraisal techniques and deliver your own research project. As an internationally-recognized qualification, the BSc in Gemmology & Jewellery studies will increase your employability tenfold. With advanced gemmology knowledge and skills and your Membership of a professional organization, you will be in demand from wholesale and retail buyers of coloured gemstone and diamonds, as well as diamond graders, gemstone laboratories, mining operations, valuers, auction houses, manufacturers and retailers.

Duration: 1 Year.Book Now

Price: Applications via UCAS


Discover More Gemmology Courses
Gem-A, which began as a Gemmological Committee of the National Association of Goldsmiths, first introduced a gemmology qualification in 1908 in order to encourage jewellers to understand the gems they were selling and to identify the fakes. Now, with the variety of gemstones encountered on the market and the diversity of treatments, synthetics and imitations, an internationally recognised qualification in gemmology is essential for any professional jeweller or gem dealer. Discover their range of amazing course and increase your career potential.

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logoBA (Hons) Jewellery & Silversmithing

Course Description: Jewellery and Silversmithing (J&S) is an exciting, practical, studio-based programme that teaches you to design and make thoughtful, well-made and considered work. The J&S department is small and friendly with a big international reputation as one of the UK’s leading courses in the field.
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Duration: Full Time Degree course

Price: Applications via UCAS

sheffiled hallumBA (Hons) Jewellery & Metalwork

Course Description: This course equips you with the skills you need to pursue a career as a designer/maker, either in self-employment or as part of an established team. Students join an established community of designer-makers and learners based in a series of well-equipped specialist workshops.  Learn from nationally and internationally renowned practitioners with a range of professional experience. Develop your skills in large and well-equipped specialist and general workshops. Benefit from strong links with the Sheffield jewellery and metalwork industry. Attend field trips to galleries, exhibitions and studios in UK and Europe.

Duration: Four years full-time (including one year work placement) or three years full-timeBook Now

Price: Applications via UCAS

logo (1)BA (Hons) Contemporary Jewellery

Course Description: This exciting course focuses on individual creative expression, giving you the chance to produce innovative work that challenges the perceptions of jewellery and to explore atelier-based approaches to jewellery design, as you work alongside like-minded makers and nationally renowned industry figures.  Analyse creative ideas about jewellery, investigating relationships between jewellery and applied arts, design and fine art practice. With access to specialist technical staff, you’ll also have the opportunity to harness a host of design methodologies and investigate different materials, including metal, plastic, silicon, wood and ceramics.

Duration: Three years full-time Book Now

Price: Applications via UCAS

birminghamJewellery and Silversmithing Summer Short Courses 

Course Description: The School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University has recently launched its highly acclaimed summer programme of inspirational and affordable short courses for the summer.

Their courses have been continuously developed over the last 20 years and are taught by the very best practitioners from the jewellery industry in the School’s well-equipped contemporary workshops. This makes the School of Jewellery the ideal place for both professionals and beginners to obtain expert training, make useful jewellery industry contacts and enjoy learning in the heart of Birmingham’s historical Jewellery Quarter.

Duration: Summer Short CoursesBook Now

Price:  From £175 to £620


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BA (Hons ) Jewellery Design

Course Description: The BA in jewellery Design looks for talented and energetic individuals who are keen to define the future direction of contemporary jewellery. the course is widely acclaimed and enjoys superb industry links. This course collaborates with leaders in fashion and jewellery, including Cartier and TopShop. Plus enterprising projects to gain valuable working experience. Sponsorships are available.

Duration: Full time for three years.

Price: Tuition fess for 2014/2015 are £9,000 per year for home(EU) students.  £15,950 for 2015/2016 per year for international students.

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SSEF for British Pearl Association educational courses


Advanced Training Course- Pearls

Course Description: This advanced training course at the SSEF offers a detailed hands -on and practical curriculum that focuses on natural and cultured pearls. The main topics included are: the formation of pearls, distinguishing between natural and cultured pearls, and the detection of treatments. The course structure is modular.

Duration: Three days.

Cost : 2,400 Swiss Francs.

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Understanding Hallmarking

Course description: This half day course is a unique opportunity to behind the scenes and visit the the Hallmarking Floor at the Birmingham Assay Office. You will have a ‘go’ at hallmarking. The ideal opportunity for those working in the jewellery, precious metal trades or collectors and those interested in Hallmarking.

Duration: Half a day

Cost: £80

Available Dates : 17th September, 8th October, 5th November

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