International Schools of Gemology
The schools and classes listed here have excellent programs and are held in
high esteem in the gemological community.|
This listing was compiled from information provided by the schools and institutions as we requested and from their websites. Some classes are available on an individual basis. The price listed is for the complete program leading to diploma or certification. As always, prices and requirements are subject to change. Currency conversion was done on 6/15/2008, using XE.com Schools with an "*" by there name have had the information verified by the school itself.
This is a work in progress, if you can fill in any of the missing blanks, please let us know! We will need to know the source of the information to keep everything kosher.
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# of locations
|Appx.Cost for Diploma for Certification||Title On Completion||
|Pre Reqs||Public / Private or Nonprofit|
|Asian Institute of Gemmological Sciences (AIGS)*||Bangkok, Thailand||1978||No||$6,250||A.G. (Accredited Gemologist)||Founded by
President, Henry Ho
|High School Level English||Private/Nonprofit|
|Canadian Gemmological Association||Toronto, Canada||1958||Yes||2150.00 CAD (about $2088)||FCGmA - Fellow of the Canadian Gemmological Association||?||?||?|
|Canadian Institute of Gemmology||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada||1983||?||?||AG (CIG), Accredited Gemmologist.||?||?||?|
|Idar-Oberstein, Germany||1932||No||4,500.00 Euros (about $6915)||FGG, Fellow of the German Gemmological Association||Certificates by the German Foundation for Gem Research (DSEF)||?||?|
|Gemmological Association of Australia (GAA)||6 state divisions in Australia||1945||?||contact individual division for pricing||FGAA, Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Australia||?||?||?|
|Gemmological Association of Great Britain (GemA)*||London, England /40 Allied Teaching Centers worldwide||
|Yes + in person practicals||£6,895 on campus($14,435) / £3,090 distance
Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain
|Accredited by QCA
(UK Govít agency)
|Gemological Institute of America (GIA)||Carlsbad, CA /14 Education Locations worldwide||1931||Yes w/ 3
in-person labs (at satellite locations)
|$15,500 on campus
$7420 for distance
|ACCSCT & DETC
(US Dept of Ed
|International Gemological Institute (IGI)||Antwerp, Belgium||1982||
|International Gem Society (IGS)*||Online Only||1998||Yes||$59 for yearly membership, $30 grading fee per test, $200 deposit for study stones (returned when stones are.)||Professional Gemologist (PG)||Founded by
Don Clark,CSM IMG
|Dr. Barbara Smigel's Online Gemology Course*||College of Southern Nevada, and online||2004||Yes||Free or cost of class tuition through college||Can be taken for credit as Geology 115 at CSN through distance education dept.||C.S.N. is an accredited college.
Dr. Smigel is a Emeritus Professor, and a GG.