Intro to Gemology

Course Description

About this course


Intro to Gemology will familiarize students with Gemology, the study of gemstones, including their description, identification, origin, and usage in jewelry and ornamentation.of gemstones. This workshop will teach students how to identify and evaluate commonly used gemstones in the jewelry trade, as well as their origin. The focus will be on commonly found gemstones in jewelry, including apatite, aquamarine, emerald, fluorite, garnet, quartz, ruby, sapphire, tourmaline, and topaz. Identification of artificial gemstones will also be covered, as well as enhancements and treatments for gemstones. Students will also become familiar with gemstone identification tools such as the loupe, dichroscope, polariscope and refractometer, among others.

Upon completion of this workshop, students will be familiar with the most common gemstones in the gem and jewelry trade in terms of name, physical and optical properties. Participants will be able to describe these stone’s internal and external characteristics and identify the mineral.

Meet the Instructor

Raquel Alonso-Perez

Raquel Alonso-Perez is the Curator of the Mineralogical and Geological Museum, Harvard University (MGMH). Raquel received her B.S. in geology from the University of Granada, Spain, and her Ph.D. in Earth and Material Sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland, and graduated as gemologist by the Gemological Association of Great Britain (GEM-A). Her teaching strengths are mineralogy and gemology and her main research interests are evolved from understanding Earth forming processes to the origin of gem deposits by using a dual approach of non-destructive analytical techniques. As Curator of the MGMH Raquel is responsible for access to, teaching, research, public education, and continued development of the Earth Science Collections. Raquel is on the advisory board of the Association for the Study of Jewelry and related Arts, the Women Jewelry Association- Boston Chapter and Associate Editor of the Gemological Association of Great Britain (GEM-A).  

Students should bring 
  • Tweezers
  • Small portable LED light




Raquel Alonso-Perez


January 18 -19, 2020


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


2 days

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