GO 340 Gemstones & Gemology

Emporia State University
Susan Ward Aber


Welcome to the Gemstone and Gemology Course!

Gemstones have intrigued mankind throughout history and are desired for beauty, rarity, durability, tradition, and portability. Some believe minerals and gems to possess magical powers, which accounts for their reputation as symbols of wealth, power, healing, and love.
Gemology is a branch of mineralogy that is concerned with the study of gem materials, including identification and testing methods, cutting and polishing, synthetically manufactured gems, precious metals and alloys, sources and origins, and grading and appraising.

This class will expand your knowledge of diamonds, colored stones, and precious metals. You will learn gem identification techniques and information concerning gem synthetics, imitations, and enhancements.

Topics we will cover include:

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