Saturday, March 17, 2018


CGA Open House Dates Announced

open houseToronto dates
Tuesday, May 22, 2018


Wednesday August 1, 2018
Lower concourse, 55 Queen Street E

For Vancouver  open house dates please see Vancouver Community College website.

Interested in Studying Gemmology? 

Please join us for an information session at our classroom.  Meet some of  our instructors who will be able to answer all your questions about our various part time and full time courses. 

If you cannot attend the information meeting, please phone or email for details about our courses   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Design contest announced

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First Annual emerging artist design competition.

The Canadian Gemmological Association is excited to announce the 1st annual emerging artist design competition. In honour of our 60th anniversary we want Canadian students and recent grads to create pieces that celebrate Canada, the CGA, and Canadian designers. 
Link to Design competition details

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

3 day Mastervaluer Workshop

Master Valuer Workshop now being taught at the CGA!

Distance Education students of the Master Valuer Program
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The CGA is offering a 3 day workshop  in Toronto for the Distance Education student of the Master Valluer program.. This 3 day workshop will give distance education  students the practical component for their course needed to complete the Master Valuer appraisal program. 

The next session will be offered  February 5-7, 2018.

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

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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: TBA 
 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!