Practical, skills-based training courses with an internationally qualified gemmologist
Do your staff have all the answers when it comes to questions about gemstones? Would you like them to get training, but can’t afford the time or costs of a six-month course? Well, The Gem Lab has the answer:
A choice of five hands-on, practical courses that enable your staff to walk away with working knowledge and experience that they can actually use, improving your customer interaction, and thereby your sales.
Investing in a course is an investment in your business.
The maximum number of delegates per class is just four, which allows each person to work with the equipment and stones intensively, leading to greater knowledge and understanding and more refined skill.
NEW – We are working on taking the Basic Gem ID course on line to enable you to work through it in your own time. Once you have gone through the training you will be able to start identifying gemstones by knowing what instruments to use and how they work. Send me an email if you would like to be added to our data base to receive our regular email on Gem Alerts and other interesting topics. email@example.com
You will receive a certificate at the end of each course.
Have a look through our courses below, and then contact us to book the one(s) you need.
You can choose from:
- Practical Diamond Grading – Three days
- Basic Gem Identification – A full day
- Tanzanite – A half day
- Coloured Stone Grading System – A half day
- Lab Equipment – A half day
- We do offer training away from Cape Town. We can ‘tailor make’ a course to suit your needs.
Practical Diamond Grading course – 3 Days @ R4500 per delegate
A special thanks to AA DIAMONDS in Cape Town for sponsoring the diamonds to use on this course.
Covering topics such as the Kimberley Process (Blood Diamonds), the delegate will learn to answer customer questions about their diamonds, correctly and confidently.
The course covers:
- Stages of polishing
- Correct use of tweezers, loupe and microscope
- Plotting, importance of plotting and definitions
- Clarity grading
- Colour grading
- Proportions, how to read the proportion report
- Imitations and synthetics
- Fracture filling, laser drilling, estimating weight
- Correct use of the Rapp
Tanzanite Course – Learn about the imitations and grading of tanzanite on line and save money.
We feel that paying an extra R1000 and doing the Basic Gem ID course better value for money. One can read all about the mining, history, mystery etc of tanzanite on line or in gem books. We are going to add tanzanite identification and grading to our list of courses that will be offered online in the near future.
Basic Gem Identification course – 1 day @ R2500 per delegate
The first part of this course teaches the student about the lab equipment, the principles of how each piece works, and how to use them all correctly. We then take a detailed look at 15 of the most popular gemstones, covering synthetics vs natural, artificial treatments, coating, and all the relevant information about each particular stone. A certificate is issued on completion of this course.
ICSL Coloured Stone Grading System. Get the information online which will save you money.
This course teaches you to grade and price gemstones correctly, and with incredible accuracy and consistency. We teach the ICSL coloured stone grading system. We are going to add this course to our list of online courses that will be available in the near future.
Lab Equipment, how it works and correct usage – On line course coming soon
We are going to add the Lab Equipment course to our list of online courses tat will be available in the near future. The first step in gemstone identification is to be able to use the equipment, and of course, knowing exactly what each piece does and how to use it correctly will get you the best results in your business. Delegates learn the principles of how the equipment works and how to take care of it. When equipment isn’t used correctly and false results are obtained, huge amounts of money can be lost.
All training is done by Jeremy Rothon, who has nearly 30 years experience as a practising gemmologist. Experienced in all aspects of the gemstone industry, Jeremy has also held managerial positions in up-market jewellery retail stores.