About Jennifer McKercher, BSc, FCGmA, FGA, GIA-Graduate Diamonds & Pearls, RMV:Jen McKercher Jennifer McKercher

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”,


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.

Your Input – Take a poll – Leave a comment – I want to hear from you!

Let me know the name of your favourite gemstone?  What makes it special?   Help me enjoy references to gemstones in movies, books and songs.

  1. Hi Jennifer,

    Thanks so much for all the great work you put into your blog, it’s a great source of information. I’m currently taking a course at UCLA that’s looking at mineral and gem societies in California and abroad, and wondering if you’d be willing to answer a few questions about demographics, etc. for my research?

    Many thanks for your time,

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