Gemmology Program (F105)

PROGRAM
Gemmology
CODE
F105
SCHOOL
School of Fashion Studies
LOCATION
Casa Loma Campus
DURATION
1 year (2 semesters)
STARTING MONTH
September
CREDENTIAL
Ontario College Certificate
YEAR OF STUDY
METHOD OF STUDY
FT
The Gemmology program teaches you to analyze and classify a wide variety of gem materials, both natural and artificially created. The program focuses on analyzing chemical and physical characteristics of gem and gem-like materials, and identifying different gems. The gem materials are classified into categories according to their desirable characteristics, which eventually determine the value of the gems. To accomplish the identification and classification, you use a number of specially designed instruments such as microscopes, spectroscopes, refractometers, polariscopes and others.

Full Program Descriptions

Description  

examining a gem

The Gemmology program teaches you to analyze and classify a wide variety of gem materials, both natural and artificially created. The program focuses on analyzing chemical and physical characteristics of gem and gem-like materials, and identifying different gems. The gem materials are classified into categories according to their desirable characteristics, which eventually determine the value of the gems. To accomplish the identification and classification, you use a number of specially designed instruments, such as microscopes, spectroscopes, refractometers and polariscopes, on real gem materials.

Visual acuity and accurate colour rendition are essential traits for success in Gemmology.

Refractive Index liquid (RI liquid), which contains diiodomethane, is a commonly used chemical in Gemmology practice. If you are pregnant, have certain medical conditions or are sensitive to RI liquid, please consult with your physician for advice before you attend this program, as you will be exposed to RI liquid in Gemmology lab work.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Every credential at George Brown College delivers detailed program learning outcomes that are discipline specific and aligned with the appropriate credential level. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study.

In addition to the learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their core disciplinary or vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed for College programs through additional mandatory General Education or Liberal Studies courses in the program curriculum. Also, programs are designed to provide essential transferrable skills (referred to sometimes as essential employability skills), which include: communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills, among others.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit georgebrown.ca/programs/learning-standards-and-outcomes

Course Outline

Required Courses 

SEMESTER 1

 
Code Course Name
JEWL1005 Gemmology I
JEWL1077 Jewellery as an Industry
JEWL1072 Science for Gemmology
GHUM1023 History of Jewellery and Gemstones
COMM1007 College English

SEMESTER 2

 
Code Course Name
JEWL1079 Gemmology II
JEWL1008 Diamond Grading
JEWL1006 Jewellery Appraisal

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

The Industry 

The Gemmology industry encompasses a number of sectors including:

  • retail trade
  • repair
  • wholesale
  • jewellery manufacturing
  • mining
  • appraisal
  • auction houses
  • scientific
  • technical

Your Career 

Graduates of this program find employment in jewellery enterprises at manufacturing, wholesale and retail levels. With additional training and experience in the jewellery industry, some become jewellery appraisers. Many graduates, with additional study, write the Canadian Gemmological Association professional exams and the British Gemmological Association exams to obtain internationally recognized professional designations.

jewellery gem lab

Future Study Options 

Some credits may be considered for transfer to other Jewellery programs.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition 

$4,820.00 *

Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2017. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2018 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Basic computer literacy and skill level in Word and Excel are recommended.

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

Special Requirements  

Visual acuity and accurate colour rendition are essential traits for success in Gemmology.

Chemical Safety Disclosure

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends the use of good laboratory practices while using or being exposed to refractive index (RI) liquid, which contains diiodomethane. You will use RI liquid when using a refractometer, which you will come in contact with directly or indirectly in various courses. You may need to exercise special precautions if you are pregnant, if you have certain medical conditions, and if you have sensitivity to, or are allergic to, this chemical. If you are unsure, contact your physician for advice.

Apply To  

Ontario Colleges

Student Success

Success Stories  

"The George Brown College Gemmology program gave me the skills I needed to succeed in the ever-changing field of jewellery, diamonds, and gemstones. While helping to develop the technical skills required to work and succeed in this field, the faculty also helped me to develop meaningful connections with those already working in the industry. The networking skills learned at George Brown College have proven invaluable to me in my career thus far."

Michael Vander Eyken, FCGmA (Graduate 2016, Gemmology)

Diamond & Jewellery Consultant, Kimberfire Inc.

Contact Us

Contact Us  

School of Fashion Studies

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 4840

Email: fashionstudies@georgebrown.ca

For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

Visit Our Campus  

On-campus information sessions are held on a regular basis. Come and have your questions answered. Learn about the program content and career options. Meet your friendly professors and staff. Experience what it is like to be in a George Brown College classroom. Sign up for an upcoming session. 

George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.