Saturday, April 29, 2017


CGA Conference reminder

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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: May 29 to June 2, 2017 
 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.

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


Warren Boyd

For all conference information please click link Conference 2016

Another wonderful speaker announced!

Warren Boyd
Past President of the CGA announced as speaker at Vancouver Conference
Experienced market oriented gemmologist & geologist with a specialty in rough diamonds and coloured gemstones. Sessional Lecturer at theUniversity of Toronto – Earth Sciences Department lecturing on the discovery, assessment and evaluation of diamond and coloured WFBProfessionalPhotoScangemstone deposits around the world.

Director of Marketing for Potentate Mining LLC North America’s largest sapphire producer based in Montana.  The Rock Creek Sapphire mine produces a magnificent variety of fine pastel coloured sapphires of all sizes from 0.25 carat to 4  The Rock Creek Sapphire mine produces a magnificent variety of fine pastel coloured sapphires of all sizes from 0.25 carat to 40 carats.

Founding director Algonquian Diamond Counsellors International (ADCi) a rough diamond valuation and consulting firm formed as a partnership between R. T. Boyd Limited and Diamond Counsellors International (DCi).  DCi currently is involved in the Government Diamond Valuation for five governments in Africa.
ADCi's mandate is to acquire government and industry valuation contracts in Canada and elsewhere. DCi currently hold 4 African Government Diamond Valuation contracts. 
Board of Directors and formerly the Ambassador to Canada for International Colored Gemstone Association. 
Formerly a Director of Cancana Resources Corp (TSXV:CNY) a public company that was exploring for manganese, gold, and diamond deposits inBrazil

President of R. T. Boyd Limited a privately owned company marketing coloured gemstones and diamonds in North America since 1956.
Formerly a team member of Diamonds International Canada (DICAN) Ltd. who are contracted Canadian Government Diamond Valuators valuing the rough diamond production from Canada's diamond mines. Instrumental in the formation of Aboriginal Diamonds Group Ltd, and DICAN and the implementation and administration of the strategic alliance between both organization
Previously a Director of WWW International Diamond Consultants (WWW).  WWW offers specialized advisory services to corporations and governments throughout the world on diamond related matters.  Have attended rough diamond tenders in Antwerp marketing the rough diamond production from African rough diamond producers.

Past President of the Canadian Gemmological Association during the time of the development of the Canadian Gemmology courses.

CGA Open House

open houseWednesday, May 17, 2017
Lower concourse, 55 Queen Street E

Interested in Studying Gemmology? 

Please join us for an information session at our classroom.  Meet 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.

Early Bird Pricing- Vancouver

Early bird pricingEarly bird Pricing Extended until Sept30 !
One day Conference and Gala Grad Dinner, AGM Vancouver October 29, 2016

The deadline for early bird pricing is fast approaching for this event.  Reserve your spot and attend this exciting event before September30, 2016!

A  great list of  speakers, meet with  other gemmologists, and importantly to welcome the latest Graduates into our Association as well as the AGM are all reasons you should not miss this event. For more information go to the conference page. conference page 2016
Reminder about silent auction donations for the conference.  All proceeds  to the Canadian Gemmological Association.