Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Monthly Meetings

Meeting picsMonthly meetings provide an informal environment for members share the latest news and to show off recent acquisitions.

Nov 2016 - Monthly Meeting

IntarsiaJMcKercherTopic: What's New in Assembled Stones
When: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Where:
CGA Classroom, 55 Queen St East, Lower Concourse #105, Toronto
Speaker:
Jennifer McKercher FCGmA, FGA

Learn about the history and identification of traditional assembled stones. Jennifer McKercher FCGmA FGA, who has been teaching with the CGA since 2005, has been researching the latest trends in doublets. Discover some of the exceptional composite gemstones that are being produced today. 

Share your own stories about unusual imitations and come to examine some surprising specimens.

All members, students and guests are invited to join us for this informative evening.  Please join us for coffee and networking at 7:00 pm and our presentation begins at 7:30

 

September 2016 - Monthly Meeting

Gems Loupe ForWeb lr 601x377Topic:Looking at Summer Treasures
When: Wed, September 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Where:
CGA Classroom, 55 Queen St East, Lower Concourse #105, Toronto

Welcome back to our Toronto monthly meetings!

What did you find on your excursions this summer? 

Bring all those treasures in and share with other gemmologists.  Tell what you know or maybe you are looking for information about your treasure?  You may find some answers from your fellow members. 
Are you looking to sell or buy some gems-this may be a good opportunity to make the contacts.

We all love looking at gems, so it is always a fun night when we show and tell about our own gems.

January Monthly meeting 2017

Australia Boulder Opal fox 1p5x1p5Mark your Calendars for our Toronto January Monthly Meeting!

When: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Where:
 CGA Classroom, 55 Queen St East, Lower Concourse #105, Toronto
Speaker: Karen Fox


Opal can be spectacularly beautiful and often commands impressive market prices, yet is a surprisingly common geological material.

Join us for a look at the nature of opal and tag along on an expedition through the Australian outback to visit some of the most famous opal deposits in the world. We’ll go underground at Lightning Ridge, home of superb black opal; buy “Yowah Nuts” in Queensland; chase kangeroos and emus thru the boulder opal fields, and noodle for opal on the mullock heaps at Coober Pedy.  This experience vividly displays the hospitality (and individuality) of Australia’s miners and the beauty of her landscape and favourite  gemstone.

February 2017 Monthly Meeting

Periodic Table of CookiesMark your Calendars for our Toronto February Monthly Meeting!

Speaker: David Bellamy
When: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Where:
 CGA Classroom, 55 Queen St East, Lower Concourse #105, Toronto
Topic: Organics
                           
 
David Bellamy has been in the teaching profession for the last 30+ years, most of which have been spent at North Toronto Collegiate Institute where he has taught Sciences at the grade 9 and 10 levels, and Biology as well as Earth & Space Science at the grade 11 and 12 levels.  
He has been collecting rocks and minerals off and on since the age of 10 when his aunt gave him a rock collection.The collection contained specimens of quartz, granite, shale, and slate, among other things, 
Thus began a collecting odyssey which has grown into frenzy over the last 25 years, resulting in a sizeable collection of just about anything you can imagine.  He has also been an avid collector of frog figurines for the last several years such that frogs have become his trademark.
He is also an avid traveller.  So far, his travels have been in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, Peru, Costa Rica, Panama, Madagascar, the south-western US, Italy, the Vatican, Iceland and most recently, Cuba. Where he plans to go in the summer of 2017 has yet to be determined.

 

June 2016 - Monthly Meeting

Pot luck food 4When: Wednesday June 15, 2016 at 6:30 P.M.
Where:
CGA Classroom, Lower Concourse, 55 Queen Street East, Toronto
Topic:
Summer Social and Pot-luck

All members and students are invited to attend our traditional 'welcome to summer' social and potluck evening to network and chat about all things gemmological.

Please note our one hour earlier start time to accommodate our hungry tummies.

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April 2016 - Monthly Meeting

KarenHTopic: Period Jewellery - A Brief Look Through History
When: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Where:
CGA Classroom, 55 Queen St East, Lower Concourse #105, Toronto
Speaker:
Karen Howard FCGmA, RMV, CAP(CJA)

Period Jewellery-A brief walk through History

Do you know what events, designers and gems contributed to designs of jewellery of past eras. Join Karen Howard as she takes us on a brief walk through jewellery from Georgian times through 1930's. 

Karen Howard is owner of KC Appraisals in Guelph and is currently the CGA Executive Committe Chairperson as well as an instructior for CGA advanced and general interest courses.

All members, students and guests are invited to join us for this informative evening.  Please join us for coffee and networking at 7:00 pm and our presentation begins at 7:30

 

May 2016 - Monthly Meeting

Duncan 72 dpiTopic: FAIR MARKET VALUE
When: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Where: CGA Classroom, Lower Concourse, 55 Queen Street East, Toronto
Speaker: Duncan Parker FGA, FCGmA

Join us at our May monthly meeting to hear Duncan Parker, Jewellery Specialist and Vice President of Dupuis Fine Jewellery Auctioneers present "Fair Market Value" an examination of auction and the establishment of value for a particular market.  Duncan is also Past President of the CGA and is currently CGA Vice President. 

We welcome all our members, students and guests to join us for this informative evening. Coffee and networking starts at 7pm and our presentation begins at 7:30 pm

 

 

March 2016 - Monthly Meeting

Trivia-NightTopic: GEM TRIVIA NIGHT!
When:
Wednesday March 16, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Where:
CGA Classroom, Lower Concourse, 55 Queen Street East, Toronto

Have the midwinter blues?  Come blow them away with a fun filled evening of Gem Trivia.  It's easy to play and we promise not one refractive index in the game.  Do you know gems mentioned in songs? gems in the movies?  silly little facts about gems?  Well then you can play!! Join us and play as a team or keep the win to yourself and play alone.  Prizes for high scores and lower scores too.  Enjoy a relaxed evening of fun and you never know you still might learn something too!!

All members, students and guests are welcome to join this fun evening of GEM TRIVIA!!! Coffee and networking starts at 7 pm and we start play at 7:30.  Come early to claim a seat or table.  Mark your calendar now for this carefree and fun evening!
 
 

February 2016 - Monthly Meeting

2016-02-01 01 49 58Topic: Contemporary Body Jewellery - Styles, Materials and Trends
When:
Wednesday February 17, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Where:
CGA Classroom, Lower Concourse, 55 Queen Street East, Toronto
Speaker:
Kat Michitsch

Kat Michitsch, a graduate of the George Brown College Jewellery Arts Program, is a goldsmith and designer of body jewellery.

With the increasing popularity of body piercing and the growing demand for high quality one-of-a-kind jewellery, also comes the need for traditional craftspeople to understand the logistics behind creating functional, creative body jewellery. This is an introduction to the history of modern body piercing, its roots in jewellery design; materials, placement and technical specifications.

We welcome all our members and guests to join us for this informative evening to learn about this very on trend topic and view some of Kat's designs.  Coffee and networking starts at 7pm and our presentation begins at 7:30 pm

 

January 2016 - Monthly Meeting

sapphireMonthly Meeting Topic: Members Practical Lab Evening

When:
Wednesday January 20, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Where:
CGA Classroom, 55 Queen Street East, Lower Concourse #105, Toronto

Here's an opportunity to refresh your gemmological instrument skills or just admire your own gemstones using our gemmological equipment.  View your gemstones using our microscopes and refractometers and identify that unknown gem!  Bring in your gemstones to show and tell or swap and sell. 
This is an informal evening for members to share gems from their own collections and admire those of other members. 

All members and students are welcome to attend and if you haven't submitted your 2016 membership renewal, here's a chance to do it in person. 

 

 

Nov 2015 - Special Event

CGA Fellow pin 300dpiTopic: GRADUATION CEREMONY & DINNER
When:
**FRIDAY NOVEMBER 13, 2015 at 5:30 pm **
Where:
 THE HOWLAND ROOM, THE NATIONAL CLUB,  Toronto
Guest Speaker:
Gregory Fraser, Gem Carver, Chan-Fraser Design 

Join us as our newest members celebrate the achievement of obtaining their Fellowship and listen to our guest speaker Gregory Fraser.  Our evening will start with a reception and cash bar at 5:30 pm with an opportunity to view our silent auction items before dinner at 6:30 pm.  Our graduation ceremony will follow with the awarding of Preliminary Certificates, Professional Diplomas and Fellowship Certificates and our guest speaker.  Registration is required for this special event evening gala dinner and graduation ceremony.  Please register early as tables fill quickly. 
**NOTE: This special event on Friday November 13 replaces the regular 3rd Wednesday monthly meeting. Registration is required.

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