Plunge at the heart of the earth to discover the origin and the evolution of its treasures: the gemstones. You will learn how to distinguish precious stones and how to manipulate them, following advices from gemology experts, becoming therefore, a shrewd amateur.
Learn how to read the gemstones of the world. Let your emotions speak and be won over by an interest in stones. This class is conducted by a gemologist and an instructor.
Discover the history of stone cutting and the principal techniques of the Lapidary. Familiarize yourself with stones and practice with the tools. This course is taught by a lapidary and a gemologist.
During this first course, you will discover the history, the geography, the vocabulary and the tools used to cut and polish colored stones. You will understand also how the Lapidary studies a rough stone in order to decide the best way to cut it, in order to obtain the very best color, while also retaining the best weight of the stone. Finally, you will proceed to the first steps for cutting: you will use the cutting machine and you will execute lapidary techniques. At the end of the course, you will leave with your pre-formed or “bruted” stone.
Cutting your own stone. Applying the techniques you learned during the course « The Lapidary’s Art 1 ». This course is taught by a lapidary and a gemologist.
This course is for students who want to completely experience the lapidary’s techniques. It is necessary to first participate in the course « The Lapidary’s Art 1: Discovery of the History and Techniques”. You will first become acquainted with the major principles of cutting and the importance of proportions. Then you will cut your own stone until completion. Step by step, you will make the facets and polish them using the lapidary’s cutting and
Become a knowledgeable connoisseur of gemstones by training your eye and discovering the tools of the gemologist. This class is conducted by a gemologist and an instructor.
Two courses dedicated to the diamond to give a panoramic view of the state of knowledge about the « Stone of Stones ». This class is conducted by a gemologist and an art historian.
Two courses which offer you a panoramic view of the up-to-date state of knowledge about the « Stone of Stones » : the diamond. This class is conducted by a gemologist and an instructor.
Be initiated into the latest advances in chemistry, geology, physics…and follow the evolution of technologies which give us insight into why the diamond so invincible and so fascinating. You will discover the secrets of this gemstone: its chemical composition, totally improbable birth, unequalled hardness. The mystery of its brilliance and its fire... You will handle stones, use gemologist’s tools, look at exclusive documents.
Discover the Ruby: this miraculous stone, which, according to the Burmese legend, carries the fire and the blood of the Earth itself. This course is given by two expert gemologists.
After having contemplated the unique symbolism of the color red, you will then start studying where this legendary is found, the places around the world where it is extracted. You will also understand the fascinating and particular properties, which have made ruby the « Queen of Precious Stones » in many civilizations.