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Get to know VCC gemmology student Erica Dentinger.
What brought you to the Gemmology program at VCC?
I found out about the gemmology program when I was already enrolled in the jewellery art and design program. Gemstones are my favourite part of jewellery, so I wanted to focus on that.
Why did you choose VCC?
I chose VCC because I have taken a few courses over the years and have been happy with the education. Bonus being that this program is offered in the best city in Canada and my hometown.
How would you describe your experience here?
My experience with the gemmology program has been great! I went in thinking I knew a lot about gemstones but I quickly realized there was so much more to learn. My favourite part of the program has been hands on learning with real gemstones and equipment like microscopes. (Instructor) Donna Hawrelko has been an enormous help with her wealth of knowledge, not just of gemstones
but the entire industry.
Anything unusual you’ve learned during the course of your studies?
I learned that there is an opalized dinosaur fossil!
Tell us about your designs
I use colourful gemstones in interesting shapes and design jewellery around them. I’m constantly amazed at the earth’s ability to create what are essentially beautiful rocks, so I like the focus to be on the natural beauty of gems.
What are your goals after the program?
My ultimate goal is to open my own jewellery store with a focus on gemstones. I hope to travel abroad to seek out ethical and eco-friendly gems straight from the source.