Membership extended due to popular demand from 30 different countries.
The Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) has announced the global extension of its Gold Corporate Membership, enabling companies in affiliated areas and accredited teaching centres across the world the same status as UK Gem-A members.
The Corporate Membership scheme is expanding due to popular demand from members and students in some of the 30 countries in which Gem-A operates.
Gem-A’s chief executive James Riley said: “As a global organization I am delighted that Gem-A is now able to offer this category of membership outside the UK. Ultimately gemmology is driven by people and more often companies who trade in gemstones. We are thus naturally eager to engage ever more closely with this sector through our members, graduates and students.”
The Corporate Membership enables organisations around the world to have a voice in both gemmological education and in the direction of gemmology at a global level, including issues such as nomenclature.
A spokesperson for the Gem-A Membership department said: “Gem-A Gold Corporate Membership is the ultimate sign of gem excellence. The FGA and DGA designations are internationally recognized as representing the highest status gem qualifications – and that’s why we think it’s important for our overseas partners to gain the same recognition.
"This means that if you employ a Fellow (FGA) or Diamond Member (DGA) of Gem-A, you may apply for Gold Corporate Membership, entitling you to display the Gold Corporate coat of arms stating that you employ a qualified gemmologist.”
Gem-A said it was “delighted” to be able to offer this form of membership worldwide. Fees for 2013 Corporate Membership and Gold Corporate Membership are £225.
Gem-A is the only global gemmological association represented at the World Jewellery Confederation – CIBJO