Fundamentals of Gemology Certificate

Hillary Spector, GG (graduate gemologist)

Are you considering  a career in the jewelry industry?  This 1 program presents a solid foundation in pearls, colored gems, diamonds, and precious metals. Study how gems are formed, mined, identified, graded, and priced, Understand the global, political, and economic perspectives of the industry. Hear about job opportunities and effective paths to a career in gemology. 5 sessions.

Mon, Oct 11 – Nov 8, 10 am – 11:30 am, online via Zoom
Fee and Code: $199, XBUSS 034

If you have any questions, please contact Susan Pagano 732-224-2685

Course Outline:


Colored Gems:

Gem Identification:



About the instructor:

Hillary Spector has more than 25 years of experience in the gemological industry. She is a graduate gemologist (GG) and former instructor of The Gemological Institute of America (GIA). She is a former trainer and staff gemologist for Fortunoff. Presently, Hillary is the instructional specialist for Jewelry Television.

What students say about Hillary Spector:

Excellent course! Instructor’s knowledge of subject matter and teaching style were excellent. I am thrilled I took this class. Kara Blasco.

I love this class. I have had a considerable experience in education having gone to law school but this is the first and only class I have ever had that when it was time to go I couldn’t believe three hours went by. Hillary has extensive knowledge and a fun and friendly way of teaching. Cheryll Cusumano

This class really gave me a better understanding of what to be aware of in the jewelry industry. My goal is to study to be a graduate gemologist and this class was a perfect way to introduce myself to gemology. It really sparked my interest and was fun all the way through. Dana R. Williams

Hillary Spector is a great teacher. Adhem Hady

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