Thursday, January 18, 2018


Government conducting survey

Please be advised that CCI Research will be conducting a survey on behalf of The Ministry of Advanced Education & Skills Development.  You will be contacted directly by them.  Those who choose to complete the survey will receive a gift card to different stores / restaurants.  Please see below as to some of the details of the survey.

surveyBetween February and March 2018, the Student Voices on Sexual Violence survey will give students in Ontario the opportunity to provide feedback on the topic of sexual violence on and
around their campuses, which includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, indecent exposure, voyeurism and sexual exploitation

Dominic Mok speaking in Vancouver

Celebrate in Vancouver at CGA Conference 2018

Mr. Dominic Mok
Mok  photo - Mok V2 low res Mr. Dominic Mok, the founder and Principal of the Asian Gemmological Institute & Laboratory Limited (AGIL), has 40 years of experience in the jewellery trade and is both a professional geologist and accredited expert gemmologist. Mr. Mok espouses “Integrity” as AGIL’ s mission from the beginning and he strictly adheres to the ethical principle of not being involved in jewellery trading. He utilizes advanced, high-tech instruments in his gem testing and annual jewellery audit appraisal services. All clients’ relevant information is kept strictly confidential.

Read more: Dominic Mok speaking in Vancouver

Instructor Required

CGA logo est 1958 for PayPal6The Canadian Gemmological Association, (CGA) invites applications for full-time and part time teaching positions beginning February 2018: 

The Canadian Gemmological Association was founded in 1958. Since its inception, the CGA has provided top-tier training in gemmological education. Programs and activities cater not only to those directly involved in, or planning to enter the gem and jewellery industry, but also to individuals and hobbyists seeking a better appreciation of gems, or possible new career opportunities within gemmology.

Read more: Instructor Required

Diamond Grading Course January 2018

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January 29-Feb 2, 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 January 2018

CGA Conference reminder

We are getting ready. We are preparing and planning! vancouver  jpeg

The 60th Anniversary Conference
and celebration  of
the Canadian Gemmological Association
will be held in Vancouver October 19-21, 2018.

Mark your calendars now and plan to attend!

Pre Exam Lab


sapphireAn optional 5-day Pre-Examination Lab Course is offered in Toronto prior to each examination session, based on demand. This lab session in gem identification and instrument use is primarily intended for CGA registered students who wish extra practice in preparation for the professional-level practical examination, but other qualified individuals may be accepted. 

The focus of the week is to give students as many gemstones as possible for viewing and identification, to become comfortable with the instruments and to devote extra time and support to areas of weak understanding. A qualified gemmologist with teaching experience will supervise.

Schedule: 5-days, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Next Session: January 8 - January 12, 2018 
 CGA student $675.00/non-student $845.00 

Pre Exam Lab Registration Form

Tucson 2017


Some of the Canadians seen in Tucson this year

Graduation 2016

Graduation Ceremonies  held  in Toronto and Vancouver welcomed our recent graduates as Fellows of the CGA!Graduates 8x6 fox-2

Pictured on the right are the graduates that were able to be in Toronto.  

  Thank you to Karen Fox for taking  photos including the one seen here.

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 Pictured on the left are the graduates from Vancouver

 Congratulation to all!

A wonderful evening- Toronto Graduation

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Toronto Graduation Ceremony and Gala Dinner

Thank you to our guest speaker Paul McClure BFA MA.

A wonderful evening was had at the Toronto Graduation dinner at the National club on Friday October 21, 2016.

Pictured here are the graduates that were able to be in Toronto.  Thank you to Karen Fox for taking  photos including the one seen here.

Register now for upcoming classes

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 Learn to be a professional gemmologist in just 4 months or  
 Upgrade with Diamond grading and Master Valuer courses

We reserve the right to alter course dates and times, prices and details if necessary. 

Read more: Register now for upcoming classes

A Wonderful Time in Vancouver

vancouver  jpegCanadian Gemmological Conference
in Vancouver.

What a great weekend in Vancouver!

This was truly a time for our graduates and members to learn, network and celebrate! A special thank you to our amazing speakers.