Gemmological Association of Australia (GAA)
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 website, 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.
GAA membership is open to everyone for a fee. The GAA even state that "the appeal of gemmology is universal", and therefore members come from all walks of life such as:
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 website.