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Directory - Gemmological Association of Australia (GAA)

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While the red hues of rubellite maintain a steady appreciation, the interest and value of blue and green tourmaline was reignited with the discovery of ‘Paraíba’ tourmaline, STACEY LIM reports.
 
Until recent times, spinel was an underappreciated gem with little consumer recognition. However, as demand for ruby alternatives increase, renewed interest and enthusiasm for spinel grows. STACEY LIM reports.
 
In part two of the Garnet: Gem of Many Colours series, key members of the garnet family will be discussed, together with garnet history – in the jewellery sense – and garnet lore.
 
Have you heard the term ‘jet black’? It refers to jet, an organic gem material that originates from fossilised trees. 
 
The unexpected flash of colour and light rolling along the surface of a gemstone can be awe-inspiring. STACEY LIM reports that labradorite captures this spectacular effect known, eponymously, as labradorescence.
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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.

Why GAA?

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? Not being able to answer such questions as these can cost a business thousands, not to mention reputation. Confidence and Knowledge sells.

For course information and GAA membership, contact us at:

1300 436 338 or info@gem.org.au


Members of the GAA receive quarterly The Australian Gemmologist — the informative and prestigious journal of the Association, also Division newsletters, free talks by guest speakers, library facilities and special rates for courses.
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