Monday, December 11, 2017


Early Bird Pricing- Vancouver

Early bird pricingEarly bird Pricing Extended until Sept30 !
One day Conference and Gala Grad Dinner, AGM Vancouver October 29, 2016

The deadline for early bird pricing is fast approaching for this event.  Reserve your spot and attend this exciting event before September30, 2016!

A  great list of  speakers, meet with  other gemmologists, and importantly to welcome the latest Graduates into our Association as well as the AGM are all reasons you should not miss this event. For more information go to the conference page. conference page 2016
Reminder about silent auction donations for the conference.  All proceeds  to the Canadian Gemmological Association.

Toronto Fall Graduation 2016


Toronto Graduation Ceremony and Gala Dinner

Register Now and reserve your spot at this special evening!

This special event will be held Friday October 21, 2016 at The National Club with Guest Speaker Paul McClure BFA MA.
Paul is a professor and program coordinator for Jewellery Studies at George Brown College in Toronto and in 2015 he was the recipient of the Saidye Bronfman Award, a Governor General’s Award, Canada’s foremost distinction for excellence in the visual arts.                    
Register now for this event Registration for Toronto Grad Dinner


Vancouver Conference & Graduation 2016


Announcing Eric Fritz will be speaking at the Vancouver Conference on October 29, 2016.  

  Eric Fritz holds a bachelor's degree in Zoology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A lifelong collector in Natural history, gems, minerals and shells and fossils, led to a second career in gemomology.  His science background fostered his specialty organic gemstones, primarily pearls.

 Eric's passion is saltwater pearls, especially natural ones from shellfish other than oysters. Eric obtained his graduate gemmology degree from Gem'A, Fellow of the Gemmological Association and is currently working on Graduate Diamonds. He is Manager for North America for Gem-A and resides in Tucson, Arizona. 
Pearls can be one of the most confusing subjects in gemmology ...natural, cultured, treated? We will look at the origins of natural pearls as ornaments and then brielfy look at cultured, treated and how to tell them all apart or can we?

 Click on this link  for the  Registration form for this special day.  All conference registration is done through the CGA office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information please visit our confernce page



FB IMG 1467805746779Now Available! Alan Hodgkinson's

Gem Testing Techniques is the long-awaited work by the internationally acclaimed gemmologist Alan Hodgkinson FGA DGA and represents his life-long committement to the study of the gem world. This highly anticipated book provides an overview of his gemmological knowledge and showcases the gem testing techniques for which he is world renowned.
Gem Testing Techniques is a case-bound book with 552 full-colour pages richly illustrated with photographs and diagrams.  This is a first edition, with a limited print run of 1000 copies.

We have a limited number of these books available for sale.  Member price $432.00 and non-member price $480.00  Please phone the CGA office to purchase your copy 647-466-2436

These highly valued books have been selling quickly, so to ensure you are not disappointed purchase your copy before they are sold out!


Master Valuer Jewellery Appraisal Program

14KTY 5 stone ring sm Master Valuer Jewellery Appraisal Course!  

The next class session begins July 17- August 4, 2017 for our the  3 week accelerated program

Register now for the Master Valuer Course.  This 90 hour in class program is offered 3 different ways in 2017.
 The Master Valuer Course is a comprehensive appraisal course which includes learning the approved methodology for writing professional appraisals of all types including insurance, estate, donation and probate.
  Please see our events calendar to view the new dates being offered for this course.

Read more: Master Valuer Jewellery Appraisal Program

General Interest Courses Before Christmas

quartz NEW Diamond and Diamond Imitations Course!  

With our newest course you will be able to identify diamonds and diamond imitations and understand the proceedures used to identify diamond and its imitations based on the physical and optical properties of the stones.

Register now for this 2 day (12 hour) course offered on Sat November 26 and Sun November 27  Class size is limited.

Other General Interest Courses Before Christmas 

Talking Diamonds-  Saturday December 10, 2016- Toronto
Gem Appreciation- Sunday November 27, 2016 -Calgary

Don't miss these opportunities before Christmas to learn more about Gems!
To learn more visit our General Interest course page.


CGA Scholarship presented at GBC

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The Canadian Gemmological Association was proud to present to George Brown College Gemmology graduates a scholoarship recognizing academic excellence and a committment to ongoing education in the field of gemmology. 

The winner of this years scholarship is Michael Vander Eyken, shown in this picture with Duncan Parker.gbc award

Attending the VIP Jewellery Industry Reception and Auric 2016, the Jewellery Arts Graduate Show at the Harbourfront Centre on April 14 as shown in the above photo L to R, were Karen Howard (CGA Executive Committee Chairperson), Anita Beardwood (CGA Executive Member), Duncan Parker (CGA Vice President), Jennifer McKercher (CGA Instructor) and JoAnne Larmond (CGA Office Administrator).

The graduates of the George Brown College Gemmology program are eligible to write our Canadian Gemmological Association Fellowships examinations and we look forward to having all GBC graduates welcomed into our association as members. 

Paul McClure BFA, MA Professor/Coordinator of the Jewellery Studies Programme at GBC will be our guest speaker at our CGA annual Graduation Ceremony and Dinner at the National Club on Friday October 21, 2016


R Boyd Obituary

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Russell Boyd, one of the original founding members of the Canadian Gemmological Association.   Dr. Russell Thomas Frederick Boyd died peacefully in his 93rd year on December 17, 2015 at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie. He was born as the only child to Joshua (aka Thomas) Frederick Boyd and Mary Eileen Boyd (nee Fowler) on March 8, 1923 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

An entrepreneurial dentist and gemmologist, a passionate Christian, a lover of music, an enthusiastic gardener, and a role model for all, he is survived by his wife Jean Margaret Boyd (nee Dickey), with whom he recently celebrated 65 years of marriage and his children Jeanette Boyd, twin sons Robert and Warren Boyd, and Carolyn (Boyd) Ray. 

For details regarding services


Diamond Grading Course July 2017

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January29-Feb2, 2018

Canadian Diamond Grading Course

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 purchased separately. Class size is limited to a maximum of 8 students.


None. For individuals without any gemmological or trade background it is highly recommended that they first take the Talking Diamonds course.

Read more: Diamond Grading Course July 2017

CGA Holiday Season Office Hours

Holiday-HoursPlease note that the CGA office will be closed from 5:00 pm. on Dec 23rd until 9:00 am. on Jan 3rd, 2017.

We wish all our members and students a Very Happy Holiday Season and a Wonderful New Year!!  Please remember that your membership renewals are due by January 31, 2017 and that in order to use the credentials FCGmA you must be a member in good standing meaning that your memberships dues are current.


Fall Monthly Meetings 2015

calendarMark your Calendars for our Toronto Fall Monthly Meetings!

We have a great lineup of speakers for our fall series of monthly meetings.  Our first meeting of the autumn started Wednesday September 16 with Detective Doug Bedford of the York Regional Police Organized Crime squad.  We had a full room and a very informative presentation to our members!  If you missed this meeting, make sure to not miss our next meeting!
Our second meeting on October 21 has Amber Scott of Outlier Solutions Inc. speaking to us regarding Anti Money Laundering Compliance for Gemmologists and Jewellers. 

These meetings are free of charge and all members, students and guests will benefit greatly from attending these meetings.  Coffee and networking starts at 7pm in our CGA classroom with our speakers starting at 7:30 pm.

Our November meeting is a special event on Friday November 13 at The National Club in the Howland Room, where we will celebrate our Graduates with a Graduation Ceremony and Gala Dinner with Greg Fraser of Chan-Frser Design as our Guest Speaker.  Our evening starts at 5:30 with a reception (cash bar) and dinner at 6:30 pm.  Registration is required for this event and be sure to register early for this popular event. 

A registration form will be available soon in our CGA eShop or please email or phone the CGA office for early registration.

Our December 9th meeting is our Holiday Potluck Social where we enjoy the many mouth watering dishes brought in by our members as we share the spirit of the Holiday Season.  Please make note that our meeting in the CGA classroom starts early at 6:30pm so we can enjoy our potluck supper.  Looking forward to seeing all our members and students at our meetings!