FIT’s certificate program in Gemology is intended to meet the growing demand in the jewelry industry for employees with more in-depth knowledge of gems and gemstones and their enhancements and detection.
The program is targeted to employees such as retail assistants, junior stone buyers, marketing assistants, jewelry designers and owners of retail, wholesale and merchandising gem and jewelry businesses, who want to advance their career prospects with this additional knowledge and expertise.
Topics include diamonds and gem material in an historical and contemporary context, new gem materials and enhancements, marketing developments, legislative directives affecting the gem industry, and ethical issues relating to mineral rights, gold recovery methods, diamond production and re-useable material.
Upon completion of the Certificate, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the various gem material and its social-economic relationship to the jewelry industry.
- Identify each of the major, and rarer, gem materials currently found in the jewelry industry and enhancement treatments.
- Correctly and safely handle pertinent gemological identification equipment and interpret the findings.
- Discern and detect new gem material trends in the jewelry and fashion industry.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the history of gem material and the latest developments in the area of sustainability and recovery methods.
The certificate program consists of 5 courses and 10.5 credits, to be taken over three
semesters (fall, winter, and spring) in the evenings and on the weekends.
Curriculum (10.5 credits or 11.5 credits)
JD 241 Introduction to Gemology
JD 142 Gemology or Gem Identification
JD 141 Introduction to Diamonds
JD 281 Diamond Grading
JD 243 Gemology II (or JD 241)
JD 244 Gemology III
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