The Gemmological Association of Australia (GAA) is Australia’s long-established gemmological educator. Since 1945, the Association has been responsible for producing Australia’s gemmologists by educating and updating members of the gem and jewellery industry and the general public, about all aspects of gemstones and their substitutes.
We are passionate and enthusiastic as evidenced in our dedicated team of professional educators and volunteers. Being a not-for-profit organisation provides assurance that we operate with the best interests of our members and students in mind.
Our lecturers and demonstrators maintain a high academic standard whilst ensuring that what students’ study is also relevant. Restricted class sizes ensure that everyone receives adequate attention. With the GAA having Divisions in every state in Australia it means that our graduates become part of a local gemmological community – of benefit for networking and ongoing training.
On the job training, with its many benefits, is simply not enough these days. Can you confidently identify a diamond imitation like synthetic moissanite? A beryllium treated sapphire? Or laser drilled diamond?