Gemmology is the science about gemstones. One of the objectives of this website is to provide gemmologists from around the world with an opportunity to exchange information in a fast and efficient way. At the same time Gemology World can serve as a resource for the general public to learn more about gems, diamonds and jewellery. Gemstones have intrigued mankind since early times in history.
Today new challenges have to be met by the professional gemmologist in detecting synthetic gem materials, colour enhanced and simulated gemstones, and most recently as reported in the news media – the colour enhancement of diamonds.
We hope that we can contribute to an international network of gemmologists in sharing information about all aspects of gemmology ranging from new gem deposits to innovative gem identification techniques.
The Canadian Institute of Gemmology (C.I.G.) was initially operating as the “Pacific Institute of Gemmology” (founded in 1983) and was an Allied Teaching Centre of Gem-A (Gemmological Association of Great Britain) until it established its own certification program leading to the Accredited Gemmologist (C.I.G.)®designation in late 1980.
The Canadian Institute of Gemmology (C.I.G.) is a nonprofit institution incorporated with Letters Patent, dated September 28, 1990 under the Canada Corporations Act. The school was registered with the Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA) as a Private Career Training Institution from 1983 until 2006. The school is no longer offering career training programs and has been deregistered.
The Canadian Institute of Gemmology has been approved by the Minister of Employment Workforce Development and Labour as an educational institution; Canadian students are entitled to a tuition tax credit under subsection 118.5(1(a)(ii) of the Income Tax Act (please use your receipt for your claim).