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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 am 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.

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.

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  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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