General Interest Courses

MembershipPlease note that pre-registration is required for all courses. All courses take place in the CGA classroom, Lower Concourse, 55 Queen Street East,Toronto.

Available Courses:
Code Course
GI/GA Gem Appreciation
PGI Practical Gem Identification
GI/DIA Talking Diamonds
GI/JAS Jewellery Appreciation Series
GI/PS Pearl Stringing

Gem Appreciation:

This is a 1-day, 5-hour general interest course designed to widen the knowledge of anyone interested in gems. It is particularly recommended for the consumer who wishes to make informed decisions when purchasing fine gemstones and gem-set jewellery, excluding diamonds.

  • the nature of gemstones
  • the basics of gem identification
  • understanding differences in quality
  • pre-purchase considerations
  • caring for gems and jewellery

  • Time: 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Course Code: GI/GA
  • Fee: $125

Upcoming sessions:

Practical Gem Identification:

This 10-hour, 2 day course, stresses the "how to" of gem identification. Learning basic instrumentation will show you how a gemmologist can distinguish between natural, synthetic and imitation gems found in modern and antique jewellery. Gem testing instruments are provided, but students should have their own pocket instruments (loupe, tweezers).

  1. Gem Appreciation Course, OR
  2. extensive personal study of gems.

  • Specimen preparation
  • Polariscope
  • Visual inspection
  • Refractometer
  • 10x loupe
  • Spectroscope
  • Care of instruments
  • Microscopes

  • Time: 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Course Code: PGI
  • Fee: $250

Next Sessions:
Talking Diamonds:

This 5-hour seminar cuts through the industry jargon and provides practical, easy-to-understand information about diamonds. It is intended for the first-time purchaser, or anyone interested in learning more about these fascinating gems.

  • Time: 9:30 am - 3 pm
  • Course Code: GI/DIA
  • Fee: $125
Upcoming sessions:
  • Sunday January 22, 2012
    Saturday February 11, 2012
Pearl Stringing:

This 3-hour workshop provides hands-on experience in stringing pearls and beads, thus allowing you to make your own beautiful jewellery. There is a small additional cost for materials (silk thread, clasp) payable to the course instructor.

  • Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Course Code: GI/PS
  • Fee: $45 + $30 for materials

Upcoming session(s):
  • TBD

Jewellery Appreciation Series NEW!

Antique and Vintage Jewellery & Hallmarks
Interested in vintage fine jewellery? Inherited some estate jewellery? How can you identify the material from which it is made? Or where it was made? Join us for this enlightening evening and learn about trademarks and hallmarks that can help you to identify your jewellery pieces.
Speaker: Duncan Parker, FGA, FCGmA
Next Session: Wed. March 28, 2012 6:30 to 9:30 pm
History of Jewellery & Rings
People have been adorning themselves for as long as they have been wearing clothing. Learn about various styles of jewellery over the ages and about the materials used to create jewellery of various periods. Rings made of precious metals and adorned with gemstones have been worn on fingers and even toes over the centuries. When did the diamond become must have gemstone for engagement rings?
Speaker: Karen Howard, FCGmA
Next Session: Wed. February 29, 2012 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Cameos & Tiaras
Learn the history of cameos and how they are made. Identify the various materials used to fashion cameos and at the same talk indulge your passion for tiaras. Learn about the history of tiaras and the hidden meaning in the materials and styles used to fashion these beautiful adornments.
Speaker: Anita Beardwood, FCGmA
Next session: Wed. March 7, 2012 6:30 to 9:30 pm

Cost: $39.00 per course or Register for all three for only $99.00