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OUR TRAININGS

THE WORLD OF PEARLS

Natural pearls and cultured pearls are gems which have always aroused emotions.
Born in an oyster, it is as diverse as the species that produce it and the oceans of the planet where it grows.

PUBLIC

Anyone interested in pearls

OBJECTIVES

To learn about pearls and to be able to identify the different qualities and types of natural and of cultured pearls.

COURSE CONTENTS

This course allows you to discover the biological mechanisms of pearl formation and to familiarize yourself with mollusc species. The training focusses on all aspects of the natural pearl and the cultured pearl: identification, geographical origins and gemmology.

TRAINING HIGHLIGHTS

  • Training provided by the French Gemmological Laboratory (LFG)
  • Updated teaching, in step with the market
  • A great diversity and a large quantity of pearls analysed in Lab classes
  • Lab class protocols derived from LFG analysis procedures
  • Training provided by highly qualified tutors and gemmologists from the LFG.
  • Lab sessions in small groups (10 people maximum)
  • Practical examination at the end of the training

LEARNING ASSESSMENT METHOD

  • Knowledge assessment
  • Certificate issued at the end of training

LEARNING ASSESSMENT METHOD

  • Knowledge assessment
  • Certificate issued at the end of training

PROGRAMME

Duration

14 hours

Day 1 – Natural pearls
  • History of the natural pearl (historical market, freshwater pearl then saltwater pearl)
  • Natural pearls formation
  • Main molluscs producing pearls  ( freshwater and saltwater)
  • Visual aspect, structure and texture
  • Techniques of identification (visual and X-rays)
  • Peeling, drilling, stringing techniques
  • Non-nacreous pearls (molluscs, particularities)
  • Natural pearl market
  • Natural pearls observation
  • Comparison of different qualities
  • Presentation of pearl stringing tools
Day 2 – Cultured pearls

History of natural pearls (historical market, freshwater pearls then saltwater pearls)

      • Formation (graft, etc.)
      • Main molluscs producing pearls  (nacreous and non-nacreous)
      • Treatments
      • Imitations
      • Cultured pearl market
      • Grading criteria
      • Cultured pearls observation / imitation
      • Comparison of quality grades
      • Workshop : identify/differentiate natural/cultured pearls/imitation and freshwater/ saltwater pearls
Inquiries and subscription

Maéva Peltier : m.peltier@lfg.paris – 01 40 26 98 00

 

CONTACT US :

contact@lfg.paris
(+33) 01 40 26 25 45
30, rue de la Victoire - 75009 Paris
Monday - Thusday : 9H30 to 17H00
Friday : 9h30 to 16h30
Withdrawal files at same days and time

   

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