Gemmology Courses


The gemmology non-credit courses are for people with a special interest in diamonds, jadeite jade, coloured gems, crystals or pearls. Learn about the unique qualities of each gemstone, how to buy and to grade them. Classes take place in Vancouver Community College classrooms and laboratory.




Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Sep, Jan, Apr Varies Statement of Completion Downtown Part-time

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International students must first contact International Education at study@vcc.ca or 604-443-8600 to determine eligibility for this program.

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Program Description

Program Description


Some courses in this program require textbooks. Please call or visit the Downtown Bookstore for more information.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.


International students

Please note that not all Continuing Studies programs are available to international students. To determine your eligibility, please contact VCC’s International Education Office at: study@vcc.ca or 604.443.8600.



As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.


Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

These courses do not have additional admission requirements and are open to individuals who wish to take one or more courses.

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Courses Schedule

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Program Coordinator: Donna Hawrelko, VCC Gemmology, 604.871.7000, ext. 8694
Program Assistant: Lou Solina, VCC Gemmology, 604.871.7000, ext. 8428

Program Highlights

Program Highlights

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Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

 


Currently Scheduled in Continuing Studies Sep-Dec2019 (201993)

(GEMM 1158) Pearl Grading and Valuation Lab 0 credits    $146.76



This one day practical lab is for the gemmologist/appraiser looking for hands on experience grading and valuating pearls. Students will review the different classifications and varieties of pearls. Students will differentiate between the various types of pearls and understand how each of their individual characteristics effects value. Grade pearls using a pearl master set against samples of pearls; and learn how to apply the grading criteria towards pricing a valuation for appraisal purposes. Students are encouraged to bring 10x loupe and any pearl jewellery to class as additional grading examples. No jewellery experience required. (6 hours)

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  30418 DTN Rm. 164
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1630
23-Nov-2019
Wong, Darlene
Register


Upcoming Schedules in Continuing Studies Jan-Mar20 (202091)

(GEMM 1141) Cabochon Cutting - Introduction 0 credits    $535.54



Cabochon Cutting Introduction is a fun new hands-on course for those wanting to get into the exciting world of cutting and polishing gemstones. Learn how to select the ideal rough material. Then go on to learn about the use of traditional grinding and polishing methods to transform a ‘pebble’ into a beautiful polished gem, which can then be fashioned into a beautiful piece of jewellery.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  11134 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
RM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1830 - 2130
23-Jan-2020
to 12-Mar-2020
TBATo be assigned
Register


(GEMM 1158) Pearl Grading and Valuation Lab 0 credits    $146.76



This one day practical lab is for the gemmologist/appraiser looking for hands on experience grading and valuating pearls. Students will review the different classifications and varieties of pearls. Students will differentiate between the various types of pearls and understand how each of their individual characteristics effects value. Grade pearls using a pearl master set against samples of pearls; and learn how to apply the grading criteria towards pricing a valuation for appraisal purposes. Students are encouraged to bring 10x loupe and any pearl jewellery to class as additional grading examples. No jewellery experience required. (6 hours)

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  10575 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0930 - 1630
22-Feb-2020
Wong, Darlene


(GEMM 1238) Diamond Appreciation in Mandarin 0 credits    $199.00



In this course, students will be introduced to the art and science of diamond appreciation. In this hands-on class, students will learn about the formation, classification, grading and pricing of diamonds. The language of instruction for this class is Mandarin. (6 hours)

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  10576 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
18-Mar-2020
to 25-Mar-2020
Yu, Fish


CGA Diamond Grading (GEMM 2130)
course schedule schedule
0 credits N/A
Cabochon Cutting - Introduction (GEMM 1141)
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0 credits $535.54
Crystals and Crystal Healing (GEMM 1154)
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0 credits N/A
Diamond Appreciation in Mandarin (GEMM 1238)
course schedule schedule
0 credits $199.00
Evaluation of Jadeite Jade 1 (GEMM 1155)
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0 credits N/A
How to Buy Diamonds (GEMM 2136)
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0 credits N/A
Jadeite Jade 1 (GEMM 1156)
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0 credits N/A
Jadeite Jade 2 (GEMM 1157)
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0 credits N/A
Pearl Grading and Valuation Lab (GEMM 1158)
course schedule schedule
0 credits $146.76


Fees for Continuing Studies programs and courses are approximate and subject to change without notice. Fees include GST (if applicable) as well as College Initiative and Resource Fees, which vary depending on the individual course. Student Union Fees and UPass Fees will be assessed at time of registration where applicable, and are not included in the fees displayed online. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made.



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