What is Gemology?

Gemology is the study of precious stones; where they are found, how they are formed, their physical and optical properties, and how they are identified. The beauty, durability, and tangible value of gemstones have been a source of fascination and intrigue for centuries. Join us in discovering the secrets they hold within.

The study of gemology can enhance or lead to a career as a jewelry business owner, sales associate, wholesaler, importer, appraiser, buyer, designer, diamond or colored stone grader, antique jewelry dealer, auction house cataloger, and jewelry historian. An education in gemology will also benefit those with an interest in gemstones and jewelry.

Santiago Canyon College offers a complete program in gemology, leading to either a Certificate or Associate of Arts degree.Comprehensive instruction and hands-on learning is provided in an evening class format. The program has a large collection of gemstones and a gemological laboratory for instructional use. Classes are interesting and challenging. Faculty are all experienced professionals in the field. California Community College tuition rates are your best educational value!

What Departmental Classes Are Required?

The core courses include:

  • Introductory Colored Stones

  • Advanced Colored Stones

  • Diamonds

  • Antique and Period Jewelry

  • Pearls

Why Become a Certified Gemologist?

Students enroll in our program for a variety of reasons. Some are seeking a career change, some wish to advance existing careers in the jewelry and gem professions, and some simply do it for their own personal knowledge. But whatever your motivation, exploring the mysteries of gemstones is just plain fun! 

Is Santiago Canyon College Accredited?

Santiago Canyon College became fully accredited in 2000 and today serves over 13,000 students.

It is located at:
8045 E. Chapman Avenue
Orange, CA 92869

Visit the Santiago Canyon College website for more information or to register.