Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Brazilian emerald crystals in matrix with gem cut by: Wobito Gems Ltd., Photo: championphoto.com

General Interest

Pre-registration is required for all courses. Classes that have not filled by 7 days prior to the start date are subject to cancellation.
All courses take place in the CGA classroom, Lower Concourse, 55 Queen Street East,Toronto.


Code
Course
Duration
Price
GA    
Gem Appreciation
1-day, 5 hours $149
IGI
Intro to Gem Identification
2-days, 10 hours
$298
DIA
Talking Diamonds
1-day, 5 hours
$149
DDI
Diamond & Diamond Imitation Course
2-days, 12 hours
$359
 
Diamond & Diamond Imitation Course (NEW)
This 12-hour (2 day)course will help the student to recognize the physical and optical properties of diamonds, synthetic diamonds and diamonds imitations. Use gemmological instruments used to distinguish between and identify diamond, synthetic diamond and imitations of diamonds such as cubic zirconia, synthetic moissanite, strontium titanate and synthetic spinel. Diamond and Diamond Imitation registration form

Syllabus:
Use gemmological instruments to identify diamond and its imitations.
1.   Observing and recognizing levels of dispersion and brilliance with the naked eye.
2.    Use a loupe to observe hardness, double or single refraction, surface features, internal features, treatments and composite stones.
3.    Use of a refractometer to identify diamond simulants.
4.    Use of a thermal conductivity diamond tester.
5.    Use of a polariscope to help identify diamond simulants.
6.    Use of UV light to identify diamond simulants.
7.    Use of a gemmological microscope to identify hardness, double or single refraction, pavilion flash, surface features, internal features, treatments and composite stones.
8.   
Use of a spectroscope to identify natural zircon.
 
Sessions:
  • Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm (1-hour lunch break)
  • Fee: $359
  • Sat March 4 and Sun March 5, 2017
  • Sat June 3 and Sun June 4, 2017

Requirements:
  • 10x triplet jeweller's loupe (students may bring their own or purchase from the CGA)
  • gemmological tweezers (students may bring their own or purchase from the CGA)
  • gem cloth (students may bring their own or purchase from the CGA)
  • flashlight

Talking Diamonds


This 5-hour course provides practical easy to understand essential information about diamonds.  It is intended for anyone interested in learning more about these fascinating gems.  Learn about diamond formation, the physical and optical properties of diamonds, the process for cutting, faceting and polishing of diamonds, how the 4 C's (cut, clarity, colour, carat weight) affect beauty and value and the use of a loupe and diamond tweezers.  Students will need a 10x triplet gem loupe for this course.

Syllabus:
  • formation of diamonds
  • diamond mining
  • cut and fashioning
  • imitations and synthetics, with hands-on examples
  • recognizing typical inclusions
  • buying considerations

Sessions:

Toronto location registration form -Toronto
 
  • Saturday May 6, 2017
  • Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm (5 hours plus half-hour lunch break)
  • Fee: $149
Calgary location (NEW)Registration form -Calgary
  • TBA 
  • Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm (5 hours plus half-hour lunch break)
  • Fee: $149
Requirements:
10x triplet jeweller's loupe (students may bring their own or purchase from the CGA)
gemmological tweezers (students may bring their own or purchase from the CGA)


Gem Appreciation

Once possessed by only the powerful, gems are now available to almost anyone who wants them. This 5-hour course explores the nature of gemstones and their timeless allure, and investigates why it's more important than ever to know a little before buying.  Birthstones are generally the most highly recognized of the gems on the market today, and serve as our focus for exploring the variety of gem treasures available, many of them little known to the average consumer. A guided look, including hands-on work with the jewellers loupe and tweezers, helps fine-tune our eyes and opens up the wonderful world of gems. 

To build on the knowledge you gain in this introductory course you will enjoy taking our Intro to Gem Identification course.

 
Syllabus:
  • the nature of gemstones
  • mastering the jewellers loupe
  • distinguishing between glass and natural gems
  • nature, properties & pricing of common "birthstones"
  • understanding measures of gem quality
  • caring for gems and jewellery
  • pre-purchase considerations
  • brief overview of gem identification instrumentation 
Sessions:

Toronto Location  Gem appreciation Toronto registration form
  • Saturday April 15, 2017
  • Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm (5 hours plus half-hour lunch break)
  • Fee: $149
Calgary Location (NEW)  Gem Appreciation Calgary registration form
  • TBA
  • Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm (5 hours plus half-hour lunch break)
  • Fee: $149

    Requirements:
  • 10x triplet jewellers loupe (single magnifying lenses, doublets or instruments with a focal length of more than a few inches are inadequate)
  • jewellers tweezers (cosmetic tweezers and stiff utility tweezers may not be used)
  • students may bring their own instruments or purchase from the CGA 
Registration:

 Download a registration form from the Short Courses area of the Education/Course Forms page. Complete, sign and follow the directions on the form to submit.

 

Intro to Gem Identification

This 10-hour, 2-day, hands-on course, stresses the "how to" of gem identification. Building on the visual inspection skills acquired in Gem Appreciation, we investigate other physical and optical properties that help identify the natural, synthetic and imitation gems found in modern and antique jewellery. Small, simple pocket instruments open up a whole new dimension for gem testing. These instruments are provided for use during the course, but students should bring their own gem loupe and tweezers.
 
Suggested prior knowledge:
  1. Gem Appreciation Course, OR
  2. extensive personal study of gems.
 
Syllabus:
  • Specimen preparation
  • Polariscope
  • Visual inspection
  • Refractometer
  • 10x loupe
  • Spectroscope
  • Care of instruments
  • Microscopes
 
Sessions:
  • Sat April 29 and Sun April 30, 2017   
  • Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm (10 hours + half-hour lunch break each day)
  • Fee: $298

Requirements:

  • 10x triplet jewellers loupe (magnifying lenses, doublets or instruments with a focal length of more than a few inches are inadequate)
  • jewellers tweezers (cosmetic tweezers and stiff utility tweezers may not be used)
  • students may bring their own instruments or purchase from the CGA

 

 

These general interest classes do not require approval under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.

Class Dates

Professional Courses

Gemmology Accelerated Program
Feb 6- May 25, 2017 

Jewellery Associate-Gemmology Specialist
Sept 20, 2016 - May 16, 2017

Gemmology Program
Sept 19, 2016 - May 18, 2017

Advanced Topics

Diamond Grading
July 10-14, 2017

Master Valuer Jewellery Appraisal Program
June 10, 2017- weekend format start

September 6, 2017-one evening a week start (NEW)

March 27, 2017- accelerated class start (NEW)
July 17, 2017 accelerated class start (NEW)

Coloured Stone Grading and Valuation
February 24 - 26, 2017

Pre-Exam Lab

TBD June, 2017

General Interest

Gem Appreciation
Apr 15, 2017 - Toronto
TBA-Calgary Location (NEW)

     
Intro to Gem ID
April 29-30, 2017 Toronto 

    
Talking Diamonds
May 6, 2017 - Toronto
TBA - Calgary Location (NEW)

    
Diamond and Diamond Imitations
Mar 4-5, 2017
June 3-4, 2017

     


Open House Dates

Andamooka opal pic

Want to know more? Drop by the classroom at 55 Queen St East, meet our instructors and learn more about our courses and gemmology in general or please phone to make an appointment.

Next Open House

  • Wednesday May 17, 2017  5:30 pm to 6:45 pm