Julia Griffith FGA DGA EG

Hi there. I'm Julia, the gemmologist behind THE GEM ACADEMY. I specialise in teaching jewellery professionals about the most important topic in our trade right now - laboratory-grown diamonds. I have been an educator in the jewellery industry for 10 years.

My gemmological journey started in 2010, when I enrolled in the HND Gemmology Diploma course at The School of Jewellery, Birmingham.  Here, I fell in love with gemmology under my tutor and mentor Kate Hopley.

I did very well as a student.  I won the Gemmology Student Award for the HND Diploma and a Diamond Award, sponsored by Fellows Auctioneers, in 2012. I was honoured to receive The Bruton Medal for exceptional work in the Gem-A Diamond Diploma examinations in 2011.  I left The School of Jewellery with two diplomas in Gemmology and one diploma in diamonds.  During my studies, I worked part-time at Fellows Auctioneers. Fellows is an incredible place to work and this is where I gained an appreciation for fine jewellery.


Once I left BCU, I worked one year in retail at the best jewellers in my home town, Parkhouse (now known as Laings) before I was invited to work as an intern in the Gem-A library in 2013.

At Gem-A, I was quickly moved to the teaching team as I demonstrated a knack for education - a passion that I've stuck to ever since. I worked as a primary tutor in Gem-A HQ for 4.5 years before I got the itchiest feet to go and travel. Next stop... Australia.

In 2018, I travelled to Australia to go dig for gems. "Fossicking" and collecting gems and minerals is now a keen hobby of mine. I regularly hunt for gems in Cornwall, Devon and Derbyshire. 


I have a designated Instagram page to showcase the things I find.

Click here to view @gemtripper page.

Digging for Topaz, Queensland
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Sapphire Rough, Gemfields
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Down a Sapphire Mine, Gemfields
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Amethyst and Calcite
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Digging for Quartz, Queensland
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The Outback
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Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A)

  • Diploma in Gemmology (FGA), 2012

  • Gem Diamond Diploma (DGA), 2011

  • Bruton Medal, 2011


School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University

  • HND in Gemmology, 2012

  • Student of the Year, 2011

  • Fellows Diamond Award, 2011


Swiss Gemmological Institute (SSEF)

Certificate in Advanced Gemmology, 2014


Cultured Pearl Association of America (CPAA)

CPAA Pearls Specialist, 2017


Gemological Institute of America (GIA)

  • Jewelry Design Diploma, 2019

  • Diamond Practical Certificate, 2017

  • Accredited Jewelry Professional (AJP), 2020


Federation of European Education in Gemmology (FEEG)

European Graduate (EG), 2015


National Association of Jewellers (NAJ)

  • Certificate of Appraisal Theory (CAT), 2014

  • JET Professional Jewellers Certificate, 2013


City & Guilds

Level 3 AET Adult Education & Training, 2017

CPD accredited member and provider - online course in laboratory grown diamonds and gemmology
gem-a 2020 membership logo. Julia Griffith FGA DGA Gem-A member, fellow of the gemmological association.
gemological institute of america - GIA alumni. Julia Griffith GIA member for gemmology education.
jewellery valuers assocation JVA fellow member logo Julia griffith FGA DGA EG.