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 Post subject: Education courses in SSEF
PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2016 3:15 am 
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Dear Moderators and all others,

Please advise me on the courses that are available in SSEF. I am thinking of doing this course known as Scientific Gemological Course. I have experience in retail company as a residential Gemologist of 2 years since I finished my Gemology course from GIA.

Is there a definite "time" of experience before which I should do this course?

In future I definitely want to go ahead in the field of research and that is what motivating me to pursue this course. But the course is really expensive.

Looking forward for your reply.

Thanking you,

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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2016 2:19 pm 
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for many reasons i think its best you contact them directly

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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2016 8:57 pm 
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http://www.ssef.ch/education/
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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2016 4:03 am 
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Actually I had contacted them regarding the SGC course and they told it can be done by me. If I do this course of Scientific Gemology, I don't know how will it affect my practical career since for a few years at least I won't have access to advanced machines for which the application is taught in this course, unless I think I change my field frpm retail to research and lab works.

So then how will the Scientific Gemology course will benefit me while I am working in retail. Whether it will or not? and if yes then how?

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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2016 11:56 am 
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Have you already finished standard gemology courses? If not, you may be putting the cart before the horse.


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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2016 12:30 pm 
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Yes,as mentioned earlier I finished my course of Gemology from GIA, two years back.


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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2016 4:26 pm 
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Sorry, I skimmed.

No, I think unless you own the instruments this may be premature.

Anyone else have an opinion? Alberto, Mikko Bear, Farshid?


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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 12:51 pm 
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I didn't do the course so i cannot comment in deep. I can only guess by looking at the program and, man, there are LOT of things there. I think you can take the course even without having the tools but, well, if you do not practice those techniques, you would very easily forget them quickly and, maybe 4000 chf would be better spent in a more profitable way....... OTOH, as far i know, that course is the only one where you can really familiarize with the cutting edge advanced instruments available nowadays, so, for someone it would be worthwhile......

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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2016 2:59 pm 
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Dear Alberto and Barbra,

Thank you for your replies for my question.

I have second thoughts on pursuing this specific course from SSEF as of now but I am definitely looking forward to do it in the future.

I am continuing my education right now with the Continuing education programme of GIA and thinking of pursuing small diamonds course from SSEF in the near future since it will be much more relevant to my current job.

Once again Thank you guys!


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2016 10:25 am 
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I am going to register this one day course (HK$1280/ US$165) on a trip to Hong Kong in October and get a hand on experience with:

1. Features of natural and synthetic diamonds
2. Scientific classification of diamonds (Types Ia, Ib, IIa and IIb)
3. Applications of hi-tech advanced diamond testing instruments, including:
3.1 Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR)
3.2 Laser Raman Spectrometer
3.3 DiamondSureTM
3.4 DiamondViewTM
3.5 DiamondPlusTM
3.6 Gem-3000 Ultraviolet-Visible Spectrometer (UV-VIS)
3.7 DS2000/3000 Visible-light Spectrometer
3.8 D-Screen / Gemlogis TAUPE

http://www.agil.com.hk/en/courses.php?courseid=18

I will post an update after taking the course.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 10:31 am 
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Looking forward to your review, Sunny.
A day is certainly a beginning.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2016 1:12 pm 
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Yeah looking forward for your review Sunny.

I will be doing the Small diamond course this year in November. Hoping for the best!

I will also post my experience after the course.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2016 9:29 am 
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Hello Everyone!

I finished the Small Diamond course last month and it was a nice experience. Got to revisit the small details which I missed while grading diamonds.

Information on synthetic diamonds was provided and the talks from the lecturer were informative and coming from years of experience.

The course was fast so I made sure to read the material at night and think of questions I might have and next day would ask about it.

The response that they gave were precise and helpful.

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Congratulations!
Glad you were able to go through the course, and prepare for it in advance, so you got the maximum knowledge out of it.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2016 4:00 pm 
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GemKing,

With the instruments outlined, you mentioned you had a hands on with them.
Was there any in particular you found to be easy to use, best result, quickly diagnostic?


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