Diamond Grading and identification Short Course

Posted 04.10.22

No prior diamond grading knowledge required.

New dates: 27th to 31st March 2023

New location: Sessions House, Thomastown

Times: 10:00am - 5.30pm Participants: Jewellery and Goldsmithing Centre of Excellence, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny

Tutor: Kate Hopley Course

Fees: €680 Book Diamond Grading Course here (early booking is advised)

Course description and content During this course you will cover the practical aspects of grading a diamond. You will become familiar with the 4 C’s - Cut, Carat, Clarity, Colour. You will learn how to identify a natural diamond, simulants and fakes used in the jewellery trade. You will gain an understanding of the purchasing of diamonds, CIBJO, international laws, rules and regulations governing the gemstone trade and the Kimberly process regarding conflict diamonds. You will observe and record on a standard gemmology worksheet the characteristics of gemstones and gain hands on knowledge of diamond identification.

Instructor: Katherine Hopley – Gemmologist Kate Hopley is a graduate of the prestigious Birmingham School of Jewellery and has over 20 years teaching experience. Kate is a highly qualified Gemmologist, she is a Fellow of the Gemmological Association(Gem A) of Great Britain, a holder of the Gem-A’s Gemmology Diploma (FGA) and Diamond Diploma(DGA), and a Graduate Gemmologist(GG) of the Gemmological Institute of America(GIA). Kate runs one of only two UK based Gem-A ATC’s (Accredited Teaching Centres) for Gem-A. She is also one of the GEM-A’s accredited correspondence learning tutors. Kate specialises in the training of students to FGA and DGA level, with GEM-A world awards regularly being attained by Kate’s students who work in the jewellery industry or who are interested or enthusiastic about gemstones.

Book Diamond Grading Course here (early booking is advised)

Please contact Eimear Conyard for any further details eimear@dcci.ie

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