Organic Gems

The science of gemmology is still relatively young, a hybrid of many different scientific disciplines including not only geology, mineralogy, physics and chemistry but also biology, zoology and botany.

This course, developed by the WGF (World Gem Foundation), explores a very select group of gemstones (coral, jet, amber, ivory and pearls), formed through organic processes rather than through geological forces deep within the earth’s surface.

Topics covered include their physical and optical properties, geological formation, chemical composition, varieties and classification, cause of colour, common inclusions and internal characteristics, fluorescence, pearl grading criteria, methods of synthesis, gem identification, common treatments and enhancements, and cleaning and care instructions.

Is this program for me?

In order to understand and appreciate this course, gemmological knowledge is required. Jewellers as well as lovers of organic gems will be able to deepen their knowledge. This course is also aimed at students who wish to become gemmologists.

How does it work?

This course is available online, with a digital version only.

When registering, you will benefit from exceptional benefits:

  • The photos of gems available on this course are rewarded for their high quality.
  • Your access to the courses in digital version is acquired for life.
  • The WGF makes an update every two years. Each student receives this update for life and free of charge, and thus remains up to date with the latest developments in the world of gemmology.

Language and schedules

The online course is in English.

It is also available in French. If you want to register in this language, please go to: Gemmes organiques.

Register now for the Opals and Jade distance education program and learn gemmology at your own pace.

How to register

Register online, by mail, by phone at 514 844-0024, or at the EGM (please book an appointment). Registration for courses in French can be done on the French version of the page.

Once registered, you will receive your student access code for the course.

Graduation policy

The Organic Gems course includes one online test.

The results are received instantly after the test is completed. To pass the Organic Gems course and receive your letter of completion, you must pass the test with a 70% score or higher.

This is a ‘General Interest’ course. After completion, students may upgrade to ‘Coloured Gemstones‘ and receive a credit equal to the value of the cost of this course (the cost will be deducted).