When I was in high school I was very practical and did not think that I could make a career out of loving gemstones. My parents were not going to pay for a teenage girl to live alone and study in California, the GIA was the only place that I knew about that taught gemmology.
So I remained practical and went to university in Ontario. As it turns out I could have studied with the Canadian Gemmological Association (CGA) here in my home town of Toronto. The CGA has been teaching gemmology in Canada since 1958. In 2004, I obtained a certificate in Gemmology from George Brown College in Toronto and became a Fellow of the Canadian Gemmological Association. In 2005, I became a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain. And after studying gemmology I began teaching at the Canadian Gemmological Association. I have taught many general interest courses (Gem Appreciation, Practical Gem ID, Talking Diamonds, Diamonds & Diamond Imitations and Pearl Stringing). With the GIA (Gemological Institute of America), I obtained my Graduate Diamonds, Graduate Pearls and Accredited Jewelry Professional designations. My greatest accomplishment has been teaching the Professional Gemmologist course as a correspondence tutor, a gemmology night class instructor and the full-time daytime gemmology instructor. (All at the same time for one year – never again!) After graduating from the CGA, I served on the board of directors at the Canadian Gemmological Association as well as chairing one of their annual gemmological conferences.
I graduated from the Registered Master Valuer Program from the California Institute of Jewelry Training. An appraiser must be a gemmologist, but a gemmologist is not an appraiser until they have obtained more education and experience.
I am interested in gemstones referenced in songs, movies, and books. “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and “Diamonds Are Forever” come easily to my mind. With some research I can quote Shakespeare’s “The Third Part of Henry the Sixth”,
KING HENRY VI:
My crown is in my heart, not on my head;
Not decked with diamonds and Indian stones,
Nor to be seen: my crown is called content:
A crown it is that seldom kings enjoy.
I do not sell gems or jewellery. I want to share my love and knowledge of gemstones.
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