Learn how to distinguish genuine, synthetic, and imitation gemstones.

Glass filled sapphire under magnification

Barbara Lawrence will be teaching this one-day workshop covering the basics of gemological terminology, treatments and disclosure codes, understanding which gemstones are best used in particular pieces of jewelry, and more. For 38 years Barbara owned Boston Gems, and now independently operates Barbara Lawrence Fine Gemstones. She has regularly traveled overseas to source the finest gemstones and is always keeping an eye out for new discoveries. Barbara also teaches gemstone identification courses at various schools around the country.

While this course is designed for professional jewelers, it is also open to anyone interested in gemstones. Students are encouraged to also bring in a few personal stones that they may have questions about identifying.

Gemstone Identification with Barbara Lawrence 

Saturday, September 28
10 AM – 4 PM