Jade Specialist Mini Course

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Course Details

Beginner 4 Units 29 Lessons

About this Course

Jade — both jadeite and nephrite — is one of the most prized gemstones in Asia, but most consumers in the Western world know little about it. In this course, you’ll learn all about these amazing gemstones, from how they form to how to identify and evaluate them. You’ll also learn about jade’s history and symbolism, so you can appreciate classic jade carvings as well as choose a jade stone for an engagement ring.

Who is this course for?

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

What this course offers

  • Brand new jade articles in our Reference Library
  • Gain specialized knowledge on jade 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 Jade 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 Jade Mini-course and gain specialized knowledge about one of the most famous gemstones. Learn about jade properties and connoisseurship through in-depth articles and stunning visuals. This completely online mini-course is an affordable way to pursue your hobby or build a career in gemology.

Course Roadmap

Read Lessons
Written Test
Earn Badge

Units and Lessons

Unit 1 - Introduction to Jade

Valued for its durability as well as its beauty, jade has been used for tools and jewelry since prehistoric times. In this unit, you’ll learn about jade’s properties, how jadeite and nephrite differ, and how they form. You’ll also learn about the folklore that surrounds this gemstone, what colors and patterns are most prized, and what the jade consumer market is like today.

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Unit 2 - How to Choose Jade

Buying jade can be a challenge because it differs so much from other popular gemstones. In this unit, you’ll learn what quality factors and grades you should look for. Jade pieces are frequently carved, so you’ll learn how to evaluate gem carvings as well as gain some historical perspective on some Chinese works of jade art. Looking for something different in an engagement ring? Learn how to choose a jade ring stone. You’ll also learn about current sanctions against some major jade suppliers and how that might affect you.

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Unit 3 - Jade Treatments

You should deal with natural, untreated jade whenever possible. However, you’ll still need to learn about the different kinds of treatments jade pieces may receive. Although conclusively identifying jade treatments is best left to professional gem labs, this unit will introduce you to the procedures and tools gemologists use to spot treated jade.

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Unit 4 - Distinguishing Jade Simulants and Other Gem Materials

There are many gemstones easily misidentified (or misrepresented) as jade. In this unit, you’ll learn how to distinguish the gemstones most commonly mistaken for jade. You’ll also learn about some popular gem materials that consist partially of jade as well as the latest information on synthetic jade.

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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 Jade 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 Jade 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 Jade 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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