Gemmology Courses at the Canadian Gemmological Association
Have you ever wanted to study gemmology? Are you interested in upgrading your skills? Consider the courses offered by the Canadian Gemmological Association.
Start studying by distance education now or plan your in-class courses for 2012. Please visit the Canadian Gemmological Association website or contact the office 647-466-2436 for new upcoming courses and registration information.
The Canadian Gemmological Association is Canada’s professional organization for the practice of gemmology. Their website contains information about the organization, including information on courses, membership, meeting times, annual Gem Conferences and more.
Study in Toronto, Vancouver, California or In Your Own Home!
You can attend the Canadian Gemmological Association’s Professional Gemmology courses in three locations:
- Toronto, Ontario – at the CGA Classroom at St. James Campus of George Brown College, 290 Adelaide Street East.
- Vancouver, British Columbia – at the Vancouver Community College
- Sacramento County, California – at the California Institute of Jewelry Training, 5805 Windmill Way, Carmichael, CA
General Interest Gemmology and Jewellery Classes
General interest courses are for persons who want to learn more about gems without undertaking professional training. Pre-registration is required for these classes. These classes are offered in Toronto only.
- Gem Appreciation – This is a 1-day, 5-hour general interest course designed to widen the knowledge of anyone interested in gems. It is particularly recommended for the consumer who wishes to make informed decisions when purchasing fine gemstones and gem-set jewellery, excluding diamonds.
- Practical Gem Identification – This 10-hour, 2 day course, stresses the “how to” of gem identification. Learning basic instrumentation will show you how a gemmologist can distinguish between natural, synthetic and imitation gems found in modern and antique jewellery. Gem testing instruments are provided, but students should have their own pocket instruments (loupe, tweezers).
- Talking Diamonds – This 5-hour seminar cuts through the industry jargon and provides practical, easy-to-understand information about diamonds. It is intended for the first-time purchaser, or anyone interested in learning more about these fascinating gems.
- Pearl Stringing – This 3-hour workshop provides hands-on experience in stringing pearls and beads, thus allowing you to make your own beautiful jewellery. There is a small additional cost for materials (silk thread, clasp) payable to the course instructor.
- Individual lectures are also available on Tiaras, History of the Ring and a variety of other gemmology and jewellery topics.
Advanced Courses in Gemology
The CGA’s advanced courses are designed for trade professionals who have a professional gemmology diploma or are current gemmology students. Pre-registration is required for these courses.
- Sophisticated Synthetics and Gemstone Enhancements– Bring your knowledge of the important gemstones up to date! Emeralds, sapphires, rubies and diamonds are valuable gems for which many simulants and synthetic counterparts exist, and which are frequently enhanced.The primary focus of these workshops is on the nature and occurrence of inclusions within the various “sophisticated” synthetics, and the detection of new methods of enhancement. Participants will have a chance to practice the various techniques and tips provided for distinguishing naturals from synthetics and for detecting enhancements using gemmological equipment.
- Coloured Gemstone Grading and Evaluation– This three-day workshop will benefit gem trade professionals, gemmology students and enthusiasts alike. Students will learn the skills to accurately grade and value coloured gemstones. Emphasis on hands-on practice with a variety of gems of different quality will provide students with the knowledge to become confident buyers and sellers in the rapidly growing coloured stone market.
Learn Canadian Professional Diamond Grading
This an intensive, hands-on course which will provide knowledge and skill in the grading of colourless, round brilliant cut diamonds. Please note: this course focuses on the diamond grading process, not the identification of diamond and/or its simulants. All necessary major equipment is provided, but students should bring their own pocket instruments (which are available at reasonable cost on-site). Required course textbook may be purchased separately. Class size is limited to a maximum of 8 students.
Prerequisites: a recognised gemmological diploma (e.g., FCGmA, FGA, FGAA, GG, etc.), OR employment in the jewellery industry (manufacturing, wholesale, or retail).
Professional Gemmologist Courses
For over 52 years, the CGA has offered professional gemmological training in Canada, preparing students to earn the internationally recognized Diploma in Gemmology, and Fellowship with the CGA (FCGmA).
This professional course can be taken three different ways:
Distance Education over two years – with an assigned tutor.
Evening Classes over two years – once a week for the first year and twice a week during the second year.
Daytime Accelerated Program – a 16 week intensive course on Mondays to Thursdays from 10am to 4pm, starting in September or February.
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