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.
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.
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