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Gemmological Association of Australia (GAA)

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The GAA was established in 1945 and is generally accepted by the gem trade as Australia's foremost non-profit educational authority.

Objectives of The GAA

From their websiteExternal Link, the objectives of the GAA include:

  • To promote the study of gemmology in Australia.

  • To promote the study of Australian gemstones and gem deposits.

  • To conduct and publish research into gemstones, gem-related materials such as synthetics and imitations, gem testing instruments and techniques.

  • To establish and control educational programs for gemmology.

  • To establish Divisions in each State of Australia to implement and teach GAA-approved courses in gemmology.

  • To cooperate with other like minded organisations, both in Australia and overseas, in the promotion of gemmology.

Membership Eligibility

GAA membership is open to everyone for a fee. The GAA even state that "the appeal of gemmology is universal", and therefore membersExternal Link come from all walks of life such as:

gem merchants, jewellers, geologists, antique dealers, doctors, dentists, pharmacists, librarians, shop assistants, secretaries, housewives...the list is endless.

Gemmology Courses

The GAA offer a number of gemmological courses such as:

  • Certificate IV Course in Gemmological Studies

  • Diploma of Gemmological Studies

  • Diploma of Gemmological Studies (Valuation)


Every quarter members receive a copy of The Australian Gemmologist, abstracts of which can be found at GAA websiteExternal Link.

External Links

GAA WebsiteExternal Link
History of the GAAExternal Link