Thematic coursesGemstones and PearlsUnderstanding Diamonds

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SUITABLE FOR

Anyone interested in diamonds.

OBJECTIVES

  • Acquire basic knowledge on diamonds in 3 days : from the origin to jewellery.

COURSE SUMMARY

Mineralogy and physics. Diamond : nature and crystallography, geology and prospection, mining, substitutes and imitations, producing countries, the diamond market, the 4Cs, synthetic diamonds and diamond treatments.

  • DAY 1
    • Diamonds and symbols. History and physical properties of the diamond, crystallography, geology, mining processes.
  • DAY 2
    •  Diamond market history, producing countries, DeBeers sight, today’s diamond market, substitutes and imitations, diamond grading : the 4Cs.
  • DAY 3
    • Synthetic diamonds and diamond treatments, history, technique, application, identification.

TEACHING RESOURCES

  • Courses and workshops : use of standard gemmological equipment (binoculars, refractometer …), multiple samples observation.