Monday, August 21, 2017


General Interest Courses

amethystThere's still time to enrol in the upcoming  General Interest Courses:

Talking Diamonds
Date: Thursday August 17, 2017
Time: 9.30-3.00 with 1/2 hour lunch break
Place: CGA classroom
Fee: $149 + loupe and tweezer if needed

Gem Appreciation
Date: Friday August 18, 2017
Time: 9.30 am - 3.00 pm (1/2 hour lunch)
Place: CGA classroom
Fee: $149  + tweezers and loupe if needed

Introduction to Gem Identification 
Date: Monday/ Tuesday August 28 -29, 2017
Time:  9.30 am - 3:00 pm (10 hours over two days + lunch)
Place: CGA classroom
Fee: $298 + loupe and tweezers if needed

These classes help build observational skills, and introduces some of the small gem instruments that help take gem identification from a guess to a conclusion backed by proof. Take this opportunity to enhance your enjoyment of the entrancing world of gems. To learn more, visit our General Interest course page. Contact the office to enroll, 647-466-2436.



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

Workshops are almost sold out around this event!
Register for your conference now to be able to reserve your place in a workshop before they are full!

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October 20-22, 2017
The National Club
303 Bay Street

Toronto, ON  M5H 2R1

Conference Cha
irperson: Karen Howard

Conference Includes
Friday evening cocktail reception
Full program of speakers, Saturday & Sunday
Continental breakfast and coffee breaks, Saturday & Sunday
Saturday gala dinner and graduation ceremony. Please advise of any dietary restrictions.

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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

Daytime Courses

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 Learn to be a professional gemmologist in just 4 months.

Take the Canadian Gemmological Association's daytime Gemmology Accelerated Program:
  • Fast-paced program.
  • Full theory and practical curriculum.
  • Course includes over 300 hours of classroom time (16 weeks).
  • Hands-on work with gemstones and instruments. 
  • 4 days per week, Monday through Thursday
  • 10 am to 4 pm 

    All classes and exams are conducted on-site at our fully-equipped facilities in Toronto.

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

    read more about daytime course

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.

A Wonderful Time in Vancouver

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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.

Announcing Calgary General Interest Courses

New teaching location for General Interest Courses announced.

Calgary Rock and Lapidary club  NEW 
Bay #13 – 3650, 19th Street NE, Calgary AB         clip-art-book
Classes taught by a CGA Graduate

Talking Diamonds
 Sunday, January 15th,   9.30am- 3pm                      
This 5-hour course provides practical easy to understand essential information about diamonds.  It is intended for anyone interested in learning more about these fascinating gems.  Learn about diamond formation,..... read more about  talking diamonds on our General Interest course page
Gem Appreciation
Sunday, February 12th, 9.30am-3.00pm

Once possessed by only the powerful, gems are now available to almost anyone who wants them. This 5-hour course explores the nature of gemstones and their timeless allure, and investigates why it's more important than ever to know a little before buying.   Read more on our General Interest course page General Interest Course page

cost of classes-Talking diamonds -$149
                     Gem Appreciaation-$149

Contact the office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register  for classes in Calgary and Toronto.

Fall Graduation 2016 -Toronto


Toronto Graduation Ceremony and Gala Dinner

Friday October 21, 2016 
The National Club

Guest Speaker Paul McClure BFA MA.

Paul is a professor and program coordinator for
Jewellery Studies at George Brown College in Toronto
and in 2015 he was the recipient of the
Saidye Bronfman Award, a Governor General’s Award, Canada’s foremost distinction for excellence in the visual arts.
Register now for this event Registration for Toronto Grad Dinner