A106 FGA Foundation Gemmology Course
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With its trace dated back to 1908, the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A for short), is the first gemmology association in the world in history and it is also a globally-recognized authoritative institution to hold examinations for certified gemmologist candidates. Such tests are held by Gem-A in January and June each year in 25 countries and regions across the world for candidates going after the qualification of FGA/DGA gemmological experts.
Mr. Dominic Mok Wai-Kei, Principal of Asian Gemmological Institute and Laboratory Limited, was entrusted by Gem-A to act as the director of Translation Committee of the Chinese Version of Gem-A Gemmology of FGA, to prepare brand-new standard Chinese version of teaching materials on behalf of Gem-A. 
Course Introduction
As prepared by Gem-A, the brand-new FGA Foundation Gemmology Notes is intriguing and valuable, suitable for gemmological professionals and enthusiasts. Designed to impart practical gemmological knowledge and provide 50 natural, synthetic and artificial gemstones as teaching samples in class, the course will, based on elaborately-conceived teaching methods, help students successfully pass FGA Foundation Gemmology test, obtain the highly-coveted certificate and the eligibility to apply for Cert GA status as granted by Gem-A.
A106 FGA Gemmology Foundation Course is an upgraded course of A101 Essential of Modern Gemmological Testing. Besides the English and Chinese versions of teaching materials provided by Gem-A, various unique teaching materials created by Asian Gemmological Institute and Laboratory Limited are also offered to students, including multi times of testing practices, theoretic examination papers for different study stages attached with standard answer sheets, and sample examination papers and graded answer sheets. In addition, students are provided with opportunities to sit for FGA Foundation Gemmology Test.
Course Content

Overall knowledge about natural and artificial gems:

Diamond, ruby, sapphire, emerald, jadeite jade, pearl, opal, tanzanite, aquamarine, chrysoberyl, beryl, garnet, feldspar, nephrite, peridot, tourmaline, quartz, iolite, spinel, topaz, zircon, amber, coral, fluorite, obsidian, hematite, ivory, lapis lazuli, malachite, rhodochrosite, rhodonite, serpentine, turquoise and jet. The formation of natural gems, the production of synthetic stones, synthetic ruby, synthetic sapphire, synthetic emerald, synthetic spinel, synthetic diamond, synthetic opal, doublets, pressed amber, treated/enhanced gemstones, gem cutting and polishing.


Testing Instruments:

Refractometer, polariscope, dichroscope, Chelsea color filter, prisma spectroscope, diffraction grating spectroscope, 10x lens, gemological stereoscopic microscope, specified gravity measurement with electron balance hydrostatic weighing method, and ultraviolet-visible fluorescence observation.


According to the review standards of Gem-A, students are required to satisfy the following four requirements before they are deemed to complete the course:

·             Finish various hand-on assignments on instruments and gem testing practices and submit the evaluation form signed by the tutor to Gem-A for final assessment.

·             Finish course-end Examination Paper I and practical test –hours (accounting for 40% of the total score)

·             Finish course-end Test Paper II and the theoretic test – 2.5 hours (accounting for 40% of the total score)

·             Finish the online exercises for four times within limited time as required by Gem-A (accounting for 20% of the total score)

Tuition Fee
HK$23,800 paid in three installments, namely HK$6,680 each.
Commencement Date:
Approximate 52 sessions (6-9 months)
Cantonse (Optional in English, please call for commencement date)
Studied A101