GA171 Practical gemology

Faculty of Science
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. Mgr. Jan Cempírek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Bc. Monika Kubernátová (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Jakub Malý (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Jan Cempírek, Ph.D.
Department of Geological Sciences - Earth Sciences Section - Faculty of Science
Contact Person: doc. Mgr. Martin Ivanov, Dr.
Supplier department: Department of Geological Sciences - Earth Sciences Section - Faculty of Science
Wed 15:00–16:50 Gs,-1011
( PROGRAM () || PROGRAM ( D - GEOL_ ) || PROGRAM ( D - GE4 ) || PROGRAM ( N - GE ) || G1061k Mineralogy || G1061 Mineralogy || NOW ( G1061k Mineralogy ) || NOW ( G1061 Mineralogy )) && ( GA571 Gemstones || NOW ( GA571 Gemstones ))
Basic knowledge of mineralogy.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 12 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 5/12, only registered: 0/12, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/12
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The aim of the course is introducing students to the most common gemstones, synthetics and imitations, so they gain orientation in the topic. The course provides hands-on practical training of basic identification of gems using gemological instruments and tools.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course, student will:
• be able to understand differences among the natural gems synthetics, and imitations
• be able to discriminate similar gems using different tools and instruments
• be able to understand methods of practical ID of gems
• meet the most common imitations and synthetics available on the Czech market and will understand the risks of gem market.
• connect knowledge from earlier course on gems with new practical information
  • Introduction
  • Introduction to natural stones synthetics, imitations
  • Physical properties, work with gemological tools and instruments
  • Optical properties I.
  • Optical properties II.
  • Raman spectroscopy
  • Synthetic stones vs. imitations, their production
  • Processing and treatments of gems
  • What can you see at Czech mineral shows?
  • BONEWITZ, Ra. Drahé kameny. Translated by Helena Kholová. Vydání první. Praha: Euromedia Group, k. s. - Knižní klub, 2014. 224 stran. ISBN 9788024244297. info
  • HALL, Cally. Gemstones. London: Dorling Kindersley Book, 2000. 160 stran. ISBN 9781405357975. info
Teaching methods
practical training + lectures
Assessment methods
To finish the course, attendance on the training is required, submitting all protocols, and successful final test (at least 50% points).
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2020.
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