Emerald Specialist Mini Course

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Course Details

Beginner 5 Units 22 Lessons

About this Course

Are you entranced by emerald greens? If this velvety gem draws your attention, you’ll love this course. Take an in-depth look at emeralds, from how they form to how to appraise them. Looking to buy or sell an emerald? Learn about treatments and evaluating emerald quality. Every emerald connoisseur will learn something new in this course.

Who is this course for?

  • Hobbyists: Learn how to evaluate emeralds
  • Consumers: Learn how to choose an emerald for jewelry
  • Professionals: Think you know emeralds? Test your knowledge!

What this course offers

  • Brand new emerald articles in our Reference Library, including a recent interview with renowned emerald expert, Jeffrey Bergman
  • Gain specialized knowledge on emerald that will help you to build your gemology skills
  • Complete the mini-course at your own pace as you balance personal and professional commitments
  • Test your knowledge: To earn the IGS Emerald Badge, take one 25 question quiz

Why take this course?

A flexible and affordable mini-course from one of the top online gemology schools.

Enroll in the IGS Emerald Mini-course and gain specialized knowledge about one of the most popular gemstones. Build expertise in 5 core areas — emerald formation and properties, how to choose an emerald, emerald care and repair, distinguishing synthetic and simulant emeralds, and grading emeralds — while learning through articles and visuals. This completely online mini-course is an affordable way to pursue your hobby or build a career in gemology.

Course Roadmap

Read the Lessons
Written Test
Earn Badge

Units and Lessons

Unit 1 - Introduction to Emerald

Ready to learn about emeralds? This classic green gem has sparked wars and won countless hearts. In this unit, you’ll learn about emerald formation and its physical properties. You’ll also read some amazing emerald stories and learn why the many different origins of emerald can make things complicated.

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Unit 2 - How to Choose an Emerald

If you’re in the market for an emerald, you’ll need to delicately balance the quality and size of the gem with your budget. To make matters worse, slight differences in color can have a huge impact on price. Whether the emeralds are for an engagement ring or other fine jewelry, explaining these differences in price and navigating quality, size, and budget will give you and your clients better options.

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Unit 3 - Emerald Care and Repair

Although it’s not a soft stone, emerald has some major durability issues. Learn how to keep your emerald looking great – and what to do if something goes wrong.

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Unit 4 - Distinguishing Synthetic and Simulant Emerald

Is that green stone really an emerald? There are plenty of emerald imitations on the market. To make matters even more complicated, lab-made emeralds have been on the market for decades. Learn how to discern lab-made emeralds and emerald lookalikes.

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Unit 5 - Grading Emeralds

Grading and appraising emeralds isn’t always straightforward. In this unit, you’ll take a look at a simple way to grade emerald clarity and get into the specifics of appraising emeralds. Learn how the Four Cs and emerald treatments can impact pricing for the king of green gems.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be assigned an instructor for the course?

The course is self-study. This means that all of the material is on our website, and the burden is on the student to follow the Syllabus to learn the material. The benefit of this approach is that each student can learn at his or her own pace, and on his or her own schedule. Students can take as long as they want to complete the quiz to earn the Emerald Badge.

Won’t the self-study model be difficult if I’m a beginner?

For beginners we recommend following our structured Syllabus, however you may study the material in any order that suits you.

What is required to pass?

In order to earn the Emerald Badge you must pass the quiz at the end of the course with a score of 87% or better. You may retake the exam an unlimited number of times until you pass.

How is the quiz administered?

All examinations are administered via online test-taking software accessed via your password-protected account on the IGS website.

Can I see a sample of the test questions?

Sure! We have some sample gemology questions from the actual IGS Professional Gemologist certification exam. This should give you a sense of the types of questions that we ask in our course exams and quizzes.

How long should it take me to complete the course?

The time it takes you to read all of the material and take the quiz depends on your level of interest, motivation, and time commitment. It can be done in a day, a week, or a month (or longer depending on your schedule!).

How does the IGS Emerald Course compare with those offered by the GIA or similar organizations?

The GIA is an excellent organization. Their Graduate Gemologist degree is the most respected credential a person can hold in this industry. If you have the time and money, and are serious about a career in the gem industry, the GG course of study offered by the GIA should be your first choice. The IGS courses were created for everyone else. The founder of IGS and original author of the Professional Gemologist program, Donald Clark, has strong connections with the lapidary community. For years, he listened to amateurs giving inaccurate advice to others. For example, he heard things like: “If your blue stone has an RI of 1.625, then it is topaz, not aquamarine.” Those two properties, color and RI, also belong to tourmaline and a few rare minerals. Blue topaz and blue tourmaline have vastly different values. Not knowing the difference can be costly, in terms of both money and reputation. Donald Clark believed that the problem stemmed not from the well-meaning lapidary sharing his incomplete knowledge, but rather that there wasn’t anywhere to learn gem identification, short of taking (what was back then) a $3,000 course. For them, he created IGS. It is dedicated to all the gem cutters, collectors, jewelers, and others wanting to know more about gems but who do not have the resources to attend GIA.

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