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Understanding gemstones can be a rewarding experience, especially if that knowledge is shared in simple language and in a truly passionate fashion. In this new program, AIGS and Rui Galopim de Carvalho will take you through a series of short, exciting videos introducing you to the world of ruby.


The learning outcomes and expectations are simple and cover the main aspects of ruby as a gemstone, from basic mineralogy, symbology and terminology, to its history as a gem, not forgetting the role of spinel, main occurrences, the most relevant quality factors, treatments, synthetics and care recommendations. 


This program does not substitute for the more technical and advanced gemological courses, but it will surely give participants a broader and passionate understanding of ruby as a highly desirable gemological product with a significant historical and cultural heritage.


About the Instructor
Rui Galopim de Carvalho FGA DGA @portugalgemas is a Gem Education Consultant, author and international lecturer on gemology and the history of gem materials. As a Portuguese national, Rui has a particular interest in Portuguese jewelry of cultural heritage and has recently studied the gemstones in the Portuguese crown jewels for the new royal treasury museum in Palácio Nacional da Ajuda. 


He is associate editor of Gem-A’s Journal of Gemmology, Vice-President of Sector A and of the Coral Commission of CIBJO (The World Jewellery Confederation), member of the Communications Committee of ICA (International Colored Gemstone Association), Advisory Counsellor of the Portuguese Jewellery and Watchmaking Association and consultant of National collections.


Program Specifications

General Scope: Entry-Level Gemology, Jewellery, Sales Story Telling

Target Audience: General public, sales associates, collectors, enthusiasts

Pre-requirements: None

Training Format: Self-paced online videos (31 videos, approx. 2 hours, avg. time per video 4 min)

Assessments: 5 short self-assessment multiple choice quizzes

Estimated completion time: 1-2 weeks

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