EDUCATION NEWS – Gem-A collaborates with International Institute of Gemology (IIG) to expand GemIntro Reach


IIG has secured the exclusive rights to sell Gem-A’s online-only beginner’s level gemmology course across the Indian market.

The Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) has partnered with the International Institute of Gemology (IIG) to share its new beginner’s level gemmology course with the Indian market.

IIG has been granted a licence to sell GemIntro across the Indian market and to promote the course as part of its educational offering at its campuses in Mumbai, Surat, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Bengaluru.

This fresh collaboration is built on shared values, with both Gem-A and IIG focused on engaging the next generation of gemmologists and providing accurate and scientific gemmology information that kickstarts careers and enhances existing pathways.

IIG Director, Rahul Desai, says: “GemIntro is a great platform for Indian gem enthusiasts and will allow them to acquire an international qualification. India is a leading exporter of polished diamonds, gemstones, and fine jewellery and this collaboration will help uplift the skill level of the Indian gem and jewellery sector enormously. I appreciate Gem-A’s outstanding cooperation with IIG on the up-skilling and reskilling of Indian gem enthusiasts.”

Gem-A CEO, Alan Hart, adds: “One of the most important aspects of nurturing new gemmologists is providing an accessible and affordable gateway into the subject. GemIntro was created to fill this gap and provide students with a recognised, Ofqual Level 2 qualification that can serve as a launchpad for further study. I would like to thank IIG for joining us on this journey and becoming one of the first international organisations and education providers to secure a GemIntro Corporate Licence.”

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GemIntro is an online-only Ofqual Level 2 certified gemmology qualification that provides a fundamental grounding in scientific gemmology through interactive and engaging lessons. Developed by the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A), this course is ideally suited to jewellery brands, independent retailers, manufacturers and auction houses that want to upskill their teams in a consistent, reliable and flexible way. It is also suitable for jewellery education providers and design course leaders wishing to offer added value to their students.

Corporate Licences are available to international educational providers, multi-national gemmology and jewellery businesses, brands and retailers. Employers can integrate GemIntro into their staff training processes and/or provide access to the course when greater gemstone knowledge would be advantageous, both professionally and commercially.

Hart continues: “GemIntro is a gateway to further gemmology education and training, whether that be the Gem-A Gemmology Foundation or other professional qualifications offered by our partners and Accredited Teaching Centres (ATCs). We are thrilled to be working with IIG to deepen our relationships with the Indian market and are now in conversation with other geographic regions to expand the course’s reach further.”

To discuss the commercial and educational benefits of GemIntro with a member of the Gem-A team, please contact [email protected].

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