This is the only full-time Gemmology certificate program at an Ontario college.

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.

Overview

Program name
Gemmology
Code
F105
Location
Duration
1 year (2 semesters)
Starting month
September
Credential
Ontario College Certificate
Method of study
FT

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2019 Open
Jan. 2020 N/A
May 2020 N/A
International students
Sept. 2019 Open
Jan. 2020 N/A
May 2020 N/A

Full 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

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Identify a large number of precious and semi-precious gems and gem materials.
  2. Identify man made imitations of gem materials.
  3. Use gemmological instruments to determine optical and other physical characteristics of gem materials and compare them to known characteristics of gems.
  4. Determine the colour characteristics of gems and their chemical composition and place of origin.
  5. Identify natural diamonds from many synthetic imitations.
  6. Identify the colour of natural diamonds and grade them accordingly.
  7. Identify the impurities contained in diamonds and classify them accordingly to purity.
  8. Identify the characteristics of the brilliant cut and the proportions of the crown, the pavilion and the girdle.
  9. Identify other cutting styles such as Marquise, Emerald, Square Emerald, Pear Shape Cut, Heart Shape Cut, etc.
  10. Grade diamonds according to the 4 c's (cut, clarity, colour, carat).

Required Courses

SEMESTER 1

CodeCourse Name
JEWL1005Gemmology I
JEWL1077Jewellery as an Industry
JEWL1072Science for Gemmology
GHUM1023History of Jewellery and Gemstones
COMM1007College English

SEMESTER 2

CodeCourse Name
JEWL1079Gemmology II
JEWL1008Diamond Grading
JEWL1006Jewellery Appraisal

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

The Industry

The Gemmology industry works in partnership in 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. Graduates with both Jewellery and Gemmology education have a significant advantage in the workplace.

Educational/Degree Pathway

Opportunities to receive transfer credits toward further study to attain a degree in Jewellery and Gemmology are available.

Tuition

$5,107.00 * +

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 2018. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2019 and at later dates.

+ Books and additional supplies are not included in tuition fees and must be purchased by the student separately.

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

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. 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.

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Success Stories

Michael Vander Eyken, George Brown College Gemmology graduate. Jewellery

"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

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Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 4840

Email: fashionstudies@georgebrown.ca

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Visit Our Campus

Our Jewellery programs are part of our School of Fashion Studies and classes take place at our Casa Loma Campus, located at 160 Kendal Ave., Toronto, ON, Canada.

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