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An Introduction to Gemology

This course explores the topic of gemology at an introductory-level, with a focus on precious and semi-precious gems along with precious metals. Topics to be covered include: physical and optical properties, geological origin, mineralogical features, methods used to process and treat them and their historical significance. The social and environmental impacts of the gem trade will also be discussed. PREREQ: 18 university credits or permission of the instructor (Lec 3) cr 3.

Earth Sciences