This course introduces students to gemstones commonly used in studio and production jewellery, including quartz, feldspar, tourmaline, garnet, chalcedony, jade, turquoise and lapis lazuli. Emphasis will be on practical knowledge and how it is applied in the jewellery workshop. Students will learn basic properties of these gem materials, what makes them appropriate for some jewellery forms but not others, how to handle them safely in the jewellery workshop, and how to perform basic assessments using simple tools and techniques. They will also learn how to source reputable wholesalers, and how to discuss gem materials with customers using proper terminology.
Course code: JADE 1126
Length: 35.0 hours
* 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.