This course provides essential facts about the most commonly used coloured gemstones, and pearls, and contains vital information needed to keep up-to-date with today’s changing market. Students learn how to: (1) identify the various gems which are used in jewellery today, and the pros and cons of using each gem in a particular type of setting; (2) recognize how those gems may have been treated in various ways, and how treatments affect durability and pricing; and (3) identify simulant gems and synthetic gem materials, and the great variation in pricing of these materials thus giving students the knowledge to be able to answer customer inquiries with confidence.
Students will also be taught about precautions to take when working with, handling, wearing and storing the various coloured gem materials, and pearls, so they are able to make suggestions, and advise customers about the durability and wear-ability of the various gem materials.
Course code: JADE 2102
Length: 48.0 hours
CorequisitesJADE 2108, JADE 2103, JADE 2105, JADE 2106.
* Fees are approximate and subject to change. Students are required to pay any applicable fee increases. Fees listed are for domestic students. For international programs, visit VCC International.
† This information is intended as a guideline only. Program and course details are subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors.