Tourmaline Specialist Mini Course

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Course Details

Beginner 3 Units 14 Lessons

About this Course

Tourmalines come in many varieties and colors — with prices to fit any budget. Gem lovers are sure to find favorites among them. In this course, you’ll learn all about these amazing gemstones, from how they form to how to evaluate them, so you can pick a great tourmaline for your gem collection or the perfect engagement ring.

Who is this course for?

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

What this course offers

  • Brand new tourmaline articles in our Reference Library
  • Gain specialized knowledge on tourmaline 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 Tourmaline Badge, take one 10 question quiz

Why take this course?

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

Enroll in the IGS Tourmaline Mini-course and gain specialized knowledge about one of the most famous gemstones. Learn about tourmaline 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 Tourmaline

Ready to learn about tourmalines? In this introductory unit, you’ll learn how tourmalines form and why they can have so many varieties and colors, even multi-colors. You’ll learn about the properties all tourmalines share as well as some unusual qualities some may have, like the Usambara effect.

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Unit 2 - Tourmaline Varieties

Some varieties of tourmalines have become very popular: paraíba, rubellite, chrome, and watermelon tourmalines. Learn what makes them so special and how to identify them.

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Unit 3 - How to Choose a Tourmaline

In this unit, you’ll learn what connoisseurs look for in tourmalines. You’ll read in-depth buying guides as well as a tourmaline engagement ring guide, so you can find the best candidate for a center stone.

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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 Tourmaline 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 Tourmaline 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 Tourmaline 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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