Toronto Events

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Sixth Emerging Artist Design Competition – Now Open!!

Deadline: Monday, July 15, 2024
Time: Ends Midnight of July 15, 2024 MST

We are looking for extraordinary talent!!

The Canadian Gemmological Association (CGA) is excited to announce our 6th annual Emerging Artist Design Competition. This competition is open to all students currently enrolled in a Canadian post-secondary jewellery design or metalsmithing program, and new grads who have graduated from these programs in 2023 or will graduate in 2024.

De Beers Group Shinning Light Awards Competition – Now Open!!

Deadline: Friday, August 16, 2024

Are you an aspiring Canadian jewellery designer between the ages of 18 and 35? Ignite your creative spark and let it shine on the global stage by participating in the De Beers
Group Designers Initiative Shining Light Awards 2024.

Gemmology Basics Theory Course

When: TBA
1-night a week for 12 weeks
Fees: $1,795.00
Place:  Classes held over Live and Interactive Zoom

The sessions will be live and interactive over zoom. Discussions and Q&As are encouraged for a more interactive learning. Participants will receive a statement of completion.

Gemmology Basics is for the person who is launching their career into the world of  jewellery or gem trading or who just wants to learn more about basic Gemmology.

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Gem Appreciation

Date: July 10, 2024
Time: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm (5 hours plus half-hour lunch break)
Location: CGA Classroom, 55 Queen St East, Lower Concourse #105, Toronto

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.

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July 17, 2024 Webinar

When:  July 17, 2024
Time:  10:00 am PST / 1:00 pm EST
Where:  Zoom presentation
Topic: Opals
Price:  This webinar is free for currently paid 2024 CGA Members and $25.00 CDN for members of the General Public.
Registration: Please e-mail the CGA Office at if you would like to attend.

Known for their stunning play of colors and vibrant hues, opals are more than just gemstones—they are nature’s kaleidoscopes. Join Mr. Parker as he delves into their fascinating formation, explores their rich history across cultures, and unveils the science behind their unique iridescence. Whether you’re a gem enthusiast or simply curious, this presentation promises a dazzling journey through the opal’s multifaceted beauty and allure.

There is a cost of $25.00 CDN for non-members.  As always CGA current paid 2024 members can attend for free.  Please e-mail the above link to register.  Mr. Parker is Vice-President of the Canadian Gemmological Association as well as Vice-President of Dupuis Fine Jewellery Auctioneers.

Diamond Grading

Date: July 22, 2024 to July 26, 2024
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (1-hour lunch break)
Where: CGA Classroom, 55 Queen St East, Lower Concourse #105, Toronto

An intensive, hands-on course which will provide knowledge and skill in the grading of colourless, round brilliant cut diamonds.

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Introduction To Gem Identification

Date: August 10 & 11, 2024
Time: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm (10 hours plus half-hour lunch breaks)
Location: CGA Classroom, 55 Queen St East, Lower Concourse #105, Toronto

This 10-hour, 2-day, hands-on course, stresses the “how to” of gem identification. Building on the visual inspection skills acquired in Gem Appreciation, we investigate other physical and optical properties that help identify the natural, synthetic and imitation gems found in modern and antique jewellery.

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Accelerated Professional Gemmology

When:  August 26, 2024 – December 11, 2024
Time:   9.00 am – 4.30 pm
Where: CGA Classroom, 55 Queen St East, Suite #105, Toronto

Become a qualified gemmologist in just 4 months. This is the most efficient option for those needing to put their training into action as soon as possible.
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