What Will I Learn?

  Gem identification procedures.
  Proper instrument uses and techniques.
  How to identify and/or separate a minimum of 300 gemstones.
  The properties and attributes of a variety of gem materials.
  How to identify and/or separate a minimum of 300 gemstones.
  The properties and attributes of a variety of gem materials.
  How to connect this knowledge with the real-gem world & jewelry industry.
  How to identify simulants, as well as synthetic and treated materials.
  How to grade a gemstone for Color, Carat, Clarity, Cut.
  Understand the synthetic processes.
  What to do in a gem market.
  Understand how gemstones are priced.
  How to price a colorless diamond.


The Intensive 'Accredited Gemologist' (I-AG-E) program emphasizes the practical gemstone identification and synthetic/treatment detection skills required to become a proficient gemologist in today's gem and jewelry industry, as well as providing a solid grounding in the commercial aspects of grading and valuation. In addition to classroom-based theoretical and practical instruction, students are given the opportunity to visit various gem mining localities, jewelry production facilities and gemstone trading hubs throughout Thailand.

Four required courses are included within the Intensive A.G. program:

E102 Gem Identification (8 weeks)
            This course provides students with the skills they require to make quick and reliable gem identifications.

            You will learn 

  • Gem Identification procedures
  • Proper instrument uses and techniques
  • How to identify gemstones using a wide range of gemological instruments
  • Understand the properties and attributes of a variety of gem materials
E301 Synthetic and Treated Gem Identification (2 weeks)
With a collection of over a thousand rough and cut stones, this course offers students a rare opportunity to examine all the major synthetic and treated gem varieties found within the marketplace.

Being able to identify synthetic and,  especially, treated materials is a vital aspect of the modern gem and jewelry industry and many gem dealers have lost large sums of money by buying such stones as natural.

E201 Colored Stone Grading and Pricing (2 weeks)
This course provides students with a grounding in the assessment of color, clarity, and cut for a large number of colored gemstones, emphasizing how such factors affect their values in an ever-changing marketplace. 
E103 Diamond Grading and Pricing (2 weeks)
Offering access to hundreds of diamonds in a wide variety of grades, sizes, cuts, and levels of clarity, the AIGS Diamond Grading and Pricing course provides students with the skills required to judge cut, color, clarity, and carat - otherwise known as the “Four C’s” of diamond grading - and learn how these factors affect the stone’s overall value.

In addition to this, students will learn how to identify the various diamond simulants, synthetics, and enhancements that are commonly encountered in the marketplace.

Careers:Sorting & Wholesale , Appraisal & Valuation , Marketing & Communication , Retail, Sales Associate , Geology , Mineralogy, Cutting/ Lapidary,Education, Laboratory & Research , Gemologist , Manufacturing & Design, Luxury Goods , Colored Stone Buyer, Auction House Jewelry Specialist , Dealership , Diamond Buyer, Diamond Sorter/Grader , Estate Jewelry Dealer, Jewelry Business Owner, Jewelry Buyer, Pawnbroker

Duration: 14 weeks

Pre-requisites:No experience required, Minimum 16 years of age

Recommendedfor:Gemstone Traders, Gemstone Experts, Gemstone Buyers, Appraisers , Graders, Gemstone Lovers, Retailers

Max. numberofstudents: 8

Language:English (Applicants enrolling in AIGS courses are required to have good English communication)


Instrument for student:Course book (syllabus), Toolset

*The Acredited Gemologist Diploma*