INTRODUCTION TO GEMMOLOGY

-learn more about the colourful world of gemstones.

 

Please make contact if you are interested in attending the course

Time: 10.00 – 16.30

Cost: £110

 

COURSE OUTLINE:

This full day course will cover the key aspects of gemstone identification.

A brief overview of the use of gemstones in jewellery, from prehistory to today, will be followed by hands-on testing of a wide range of gemstones.

The course will provide you with an overview of the properties of gemstones, the scientific theories behind gem testing and the practical application of the tests used in gem identification.

 

Tourmaline beads and ring

 

TOPICS COVERED:

 

* Gem basics

* Gemstone properties and identification

* Science of gemmology

* Suitability of gemstones for jewellery

* Sources of gemstones

* Buying tips

 

STUDENTS:

This course is suitable for complete beginners to the subject and also those such as jewellery designer/makers who want to learn more about the materials they use.

WHAT WILL I NEED TO BRING?

A range of gemstones for testing will be provided but you may wish to bring an item of jewellery or a gemstone that you would like to identify. Otherwise bring your curiosity and a notebook for recording test results.