Gem-A and BJA team to host Birmingham gem classes

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Classes launched following demand from BJA members in the Midlands.

The Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) has joined forces with the British Jewellers’ Association (BJA) to offer a selection of gemstone workshops in Birmingham.

Gem-A will host its one-day workshops to the BJA’s headquarters in the city. The day-long courses were set up following strong demand from the BJA members in the Midlands who wished to know more about diamonds and gemstones.

The workshops are also being positioned as taster sessions for those considering studying full diplomas or foundation courses in gemmology, or as a building block for jewellery designers and retailers wishing to know more about stones.

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The workshops will include sessions titled Understanding gemstones; Understanding practical gemmology; Understanding diamond grading; and Understanding diamond simulants.

Simon Rainer, chief executive of The BJA, said: “I’m delighted that the BJA and Gem-A have joined forces to offer a cost effective solution to essential diamond and gemmology courses.

“Demand for the Birmingham-based courses has exceeded my expectations and I’m sure that we will be running further courses over the next few months. The BJA considers education and training as core services to its membership and the Gem-A seminars form an integral part of our 2013 programme.”

Gem-A chief executive James Riley added that the association was “very pleased” to be working with another fellow trade organization, having also worked closely with the National Association of Goldsmiths. “We believe training is essential to all aspects of trade and as a charity we want to make it available and accessible to as many people as possible,” he said.
 

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