Julia Griffith FGA DGA

I'm Julia, a gemmologist who has been in the jewellery industry for 10 years. In this time, I have primarily been teaching about the subject we all love - gemmology.

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, winning the Student Award for the course in 2010, a Diamond Award (sponsored by Fellows Auctioneers) and The Bruton Medal for exceptional work in the Gem-A Diamond Diploma examinations in 2011.  I left this school with two diplomas in Gemmology and one diploma in diamonds.  During my studies, I worked part-time at Fellows Auctioneers, which was an incredible place to work.  

 

Once I left school, I did 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.

Digging for Topaz, Queensland
Sapphire Rough, Gemfields
Down a Sapphire Mine, Gemfields
Amethyst and Calcite
Digging for Quartz, Queensland
The Outback

In 2018, I travelled to Australia to go dig for gems. "Fossicking", as its known, is now a keen hobby of mine. I regularly hunt for mineral specimens in Cornwall where I now live #treasurehunting.

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

Click here to view @gemtripper page.

 

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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

 
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