Start your journey at the source of gemmology: learn about gemstone origins, see how gems are mined and how these extraordinarily valuable minerals get to market. Learn about gemmology quality and value factors for all types of gems, from Diamonds to Coloured Stones, Phenomenal gems, Organics to Jade.
This comprehensive course gives you the knowledge and power to take control of your gem purchases (if you are a collector or enthusiast) or your sales process (if you are a designer or jewellery professional). Beyond the common trade practices, you will see and learn about imitations, synthetics and treatments sometimes used to enhance or even to deceive.
GT101 Coloured Gems - The Earth's Natural Wonders
GT102 Factors Affecting the Value of Coloured Gems
GT103 Natural Diamonds, Simulants & Synthetics
GT104 Diamonds, the 4 C's & Beyond
GT105 Pearls: Natural, Cultured & Imitation
GT106 Assessing Pearl Value
GT107 Phenomenal Gemstones
GT108 Jade and Jade Imitations
GT109 Organic Gems
GT110 Imitations, Synthetics, Assembled gems, Summary, Testing & Next Steps
Good knowledge and hands on. Great instructor who has a vast knowledge of the gems and industry. I have become more knowledgeable, less skeptical to scams to buying gems and increased basic knowledge to mining, gems and the environment.
- Jasmine L. (Singapore)
The material is well-written. Very informative. The trainer is a subject matter expert and imparts a lot of knowledge to us. The training administration is seamless and makes the registration process very smooth. Staff is friendly and prompt. (I will use the skills) to start a business & buy gems with more knowledge.
- Moy Yin L. (Singapore)
Perfect class size. Love the face to face lessons, the physical examples for reference and learning, and the interactive lessons. The online lessons were well organised too! The videos were clear and well paced. The online notes and physical notes were very helpful too! I like the fact that we can always log back onto the learning platform to recap moving forward. Thank you to our trainer, Tanja too! Very engaging, clear communication, knowledgeable!
- Pauline S. (Singapore)
The course is great, even for beginnners. Very very informative and makes us understand very well with lots of examples. Only small improvement will be for the instructor to take note of the time of the physical class as sometimes the class can overrun, especially when students start to ask a lot of questions.
- Kai Xuan Y. (Singapore)
A very good learning experience. Lots of practical application. Great instructor who is very experienced and able to communicate concepts effectively.
- Su Ean H. (Singapore)
Fantastic and very professional. Small class size and great teacher. They cover a lot of things and the online courses were easy to grasp and fun. The assessment was necessarily difficult and very helpful for remembering. One of the best courses I have taken.
- Fuling S. (Singapore)
It has been an incredibly rewarding experience to be part of this class. The training materials are very comprehensive and the effort that has gone into producing them deserves a huge compliment. Being able to touch, feel and assess the gems in class with classmates has made the lessons truly come to life. Tanja deserves nothing less than the utmost compliments I can give to a trainer, hands down the best trainer I’ve encountered in any SkillsFuture course to date.
- Pamela P. (Singapore)
It is an excellent course to attend for those who enjoy gemstones, diamonds, jade as well as phenomenal gems. It can be very useful in buying gemstones and how to read and understand gem and diamond certificates.
- Julia N. (Singapore)
Informative course! Please attend if you have keen interest in gems and diamonds! I collect crystals and make bracelets so going through this course helps me in my purchase of the materials!
- Cindy W. (Singapore)
I'm thinking of going into jewellery business. So this gives me a good foundation, especially in buying jewellery. Interesting stories shared (by the instructor) will give you better understanding and what to look out for when you buy a piece of jewellery.
- Ericka T. (Singapore)
This is such a Great course with very solid content knowledge to be acquired! I can talk to my husband about the gems and Jade now as he is a huge fan of these gemstones.
- Panpan G. (Singapore)
It was a wonderful course and I have learned a lot, this is definitely a good start to the world of gemology. My family members are avid gem collectors and the knowledge I gained would come in handy during our gem hunt.
- Ee K. (Singapore)
This will be useful for my e-commerce store.
- Fannie T. (Singapore)
I only wish we had more time to look, see and feel more samples of the gems. Otherwise I thoroughly enjoyed myself. It gives me an impetus to learn more about this industry and what it has to offer.
- Claudia G. (Singapore)
Highly recommended! It's good to have time set aside in the week to properly digest the videos. It contains the broadest scope of coverage - appropriate given the current consumer interest.
- Joanne O. (Singapore)
I definitely like this training with good and useful knowledge learnt. It will be good if we have more time to practice during the class... Thank you very much for the training and SkillFuture claimable is also an helpful factor. Thank you.
- Emily P. (Singapore)
As a gem dealer, this (course) was brilliant.
- Mohamed N. (Singapore)
JDMIS is truly awesome. Worth any time and money you invested in. Regardless of whether you are in the jewellery trade or not this is good knowledge.
- Imran A. (Singapore)
I love the way Tanja teach! The class were never bored as she fills the lessons with examples and stories related to the topic of the lessons.
- Louis L.(Singapore)
Love the history, story and trade sharing by Tanja... Very insightful learning!
- Eileen L. (Singapore)
Loving the gem course and Tanja is always very informative... It's engaging and full of new information
- Faizal S. (Singapore)
The curriculum is more than what I expected. I felt engaged throughout the 5 days of lessons. Tanja brought so much industry experience to share. I would recommend this course to all gemstone lovers and those who appreciate the beauty of nature.
- Eva W. (Singapore)
Tanja is amazing, professional and really experiece and patient with all of us.
- Scott P. (Singapore)
Great instructor, great course materials and fun environment... I really learn a lot from this course and really love it. I can identify my gemstones better.
- Su Myat T.
Overall, the course was very well planned, course materials were excellent and the instructor was marvellous. I cannot think of a single complaint and I would highly recommend this course to friends who would be interested to know more about the Jewellery and Gem trade. Keep up the good work!
- Raymond K.
Lovely environment, super stimulation course content, fantastic and really experienced lecturer, absolutely loved the whole course.
- Claren C. (Singapore)
Tanja is exceptional in her lectures. She is very well equipped in both industry experience and theoretical applications which help in further understanding the course material. Tanja's strong passion is evident in her delivery of the course materials to the students, and has made the course extremely enjoyable.
- Shaun F. (Singapore)
Everything the trainer has done for the course is superb. Miss Tanja is a very knowledgeable trainer. Learned so much from her in this course. Thank you.
- Anthony A. (Singapore)
It's always a pleasure to have Tanja teach a class as she is an encyclopedia of knowledge... I will use what I have learned in my own jewellery designs and gemmological knowledge.
- Margaret P. (Singapore)
In a short but intense period, I felt that I learnt a lot of tips that would help me with sourcing for gems, especially tell tale signs of imitations.
- Geraldine H. (Singapore)
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Tanja is an award winning jewellery designer & gemmologist with more than 4 decades of experience educating the jewellery industry across 4 continents. Dean and founder of JDMIS, Tanja works with aspiring artisans as well as top jewellery brand team members to help them achieve brilliance in their careers. Read More
Duration & Training Modes
Duration: 3-5 weeks
Mode: Blended or e-Learning
All important theory and practical demonstrationst will now be delivered through asynchronous (self-paced) online learning. This means that students go through most of the learning at their own pace and convenience via a comprehensive series of online videos and attend live interaction sessions (physical or online) afterwards to receive maximum support and guidance under expert instructors to reinforce the learning of key skills and concepts. For more information on different training modes, click here .
JDMIS also has flexible make-up schedules and graduates can return for free for refresher courses (subjected to availability).
This course is a Core Component of all learning paths. We refer to these modules as CC.
Next Step (Complementary Jeweller's Knowledge):
FT100 - Jewellery Fashion Trends 1: Epic and Contemporary Trends.
Participants attending and completing this programme as a stand-alone certification can choose to enroll for any full diploma.
The live classes (of the Blending Learning mode) take place in our Gem Vault where participants are able to see, examine, scope and understand Tanja's collection of over 1,800 gems, jewellery pieces and examples, including rare and valuable specimens as well as common imitations found in jewellery markets in the region.
Tools & Materials
Blended-learning students will receive everything they need to complete all their coursework. The course fee includes all the tools, drawing materials and reference materials required for students to complete their coursework efficiently.
e-Learning students may opt to purchase the standard JDMIS toolkit from us or procure the necessary items themselves.
Frequently asked questions
What is the difference between Blended Learning and e-Learning Modes of Study +
The Blended Learning is a new option where less physical attendance is required to complete the course. The majority of your learning will take place through structured asynchronous (self-study) learning on our online platform. Once you have completed the required online lessons, you will attend scheduled classroom sessions at JDMIS’ campus (in Singapore) where core techniques and knowledge are reinforced under the guidance of our expert instructors.
Similar to the Blended Learning, participants of the e-Learning Course will go through self-directed and self-paced learning through our structured online course. After completing the required self-study, participants will attend scheduled live online sessions with an expert instructor and a small group of other online learners.
In general, the total duration of e-Learning courses is slightly shorter than their blended-learning counterparts due to the absence of physical class attendance. This makes the e-learning courses more affordable, and also a suitable choice for individuals who do not have the option of joining us at the JDMIS Singapore campus.
For more detailed explanation on the Blended Learning and e-Learning, please visit our Training Mode explainer page.
How will the schedules work? +
Most of your jewellery training will be delivered through HD-quality recordings that you can view at your own pace and convenience. Live session with the instructor (physical for Blended, and online for eLearning) will be scheduled in between or near the end of the course to reinforce your mastery of key concepts.
What if I have questions during self-study? +
The learners from each course will receive access to an exclusive WhatsApp Group where you can get feedback from instructors and engage in discussions with your fellow students. You can also raise your questions during the live lessons with the instructors.
How much time do I need to study a week? +As most of the course is self-paced, you conduct your study at your own pace that suits your learning style. but the general recommended duration is 1-2 days a week.
Are the tools & materials included? If not, how much do I need to pay? +
The cost of tools and materials is already included in the course fee. All students will receive the same tool kit that they will need to complete their course efficiently. For Singaporean and PRs, the amount will be invoiced and paid separately because tools & materials fees are not covered by SSG funding. Overseas students doing the online only/e-Learning option are eligible to opt out of purchasing the toolkit by letting our registrar know at the time of your registration.
How will my assignment be graded and what do I need to pass? +
You are responsible for completing the online lessons before attending the live sessions with JDMIS instructors. Each course has several milestone assignments which you need to complete and submit by specified deadlines in order for your instructors to review and provide feedback.
In order for your instructors to review your assignments and provide feedback, you need to take photos/scans of your completed work (design or jewellery piece) and submit them onto the JDMIS online assessment portal.
You need to obtain an average mark of 60% or higher to pass the course and receive your Certificate of Completion.