Workshops

POLISH YOUR KNOWLEDGE, BUILD YOUR SKILLS

Would you like to know more about fancy coloured diamonds, diamond treatments or laboratory-grown diamonds and diamond spectroscopy? HRD Antwerp offers workshops designed to introduce you into the fascinating world of extraordinary diamonds and focus on ruby, sapphire and emerald.

Hands-on workshop Diamond Spectroscopy

2 or 3 days
Depends on date and location.
English
Global

Within the world of diamonds, one of the hot topics continues to be the one of synthetic diamonds. More and more undisclosed synthetic diamonds infiltrate the market: HPHT and CVD synthetic diamonds are mixed into parcels of natural stones and synthetic diamonds are more frequently mounted in jewellery pieces. The main problem the industry is now facing, is the detection of those synthetic stones, whether they are part of a parcel or mounted.

The solution to this problem is spectroscopy, the study of the interaction between matter and electromagnetic radiation, because the optical centres in synthetic diamonds differ from those in natural diamonds.

During this workshop, our instructors will explain the reactions of synthetic and natural stones to different wavelengths. You will also get the chance to actively measure and analyse diamonds.


Hands-on workshop Diamond Spectroscopy

Duration

2 or 3 days

Requirements

Min. age: 18 years.
Diploma: HRD Antwerp Certified Diamond Grader is not required but helpful.

Number of attendants

Depends on date and location.

Target Group

This course is meant for:

Diamond traders, diamond experts, appraisers and graders, jewellers and designers, diamond and jewellery lovers, sales managers, buyers and job seekers.

Course Content

Principle and use of

• Raman/Photoluminescence spectroscopy
• Fourier-Transform Infra-Red spectroscopy (FTIR)
• UV-Vis-NIR Spectroscopy
• Fluorescence spectroscopy

to identify natural diamonds, treated natural diamonds and synthetic diamonds (loose and/or mounted).


Diploma

Participation attest: Hands-on workshop Diamond Spectroscopy
Date(s) Location Language Price Excl. Price Incl. Course Code
10/10/2019 - 11/10/2019 Antwerp English € 650,00 € 786,50 WSDSE111903 More Info Register
09/12/2019 - 10/12/2019 Antwerp English € 650,00 € 786,50 WSDSE111904 More Info Register

Synthetic Diamonds & Fancy Coloured Diamonds

1 day
Depends on date and location.
English , Dutch , French , Turkish , Mandarin , Chinese , Hindi , Gujarati , Italian , Arab , Spanish , German
Global

Up until the fifties, a colourless or nearly colourless gem diamond was by definition a natural one. In the eighties, the first laboratory-grown gem quality diamonds appeared on the market. The arrival of these synthetic stones brought about enormous challenges for scientists and researchers. They embarked upon an intensive search for new techniques to identify the true nature of a diamond: natural, treated or laboratory-grown.

What is a synthetic diamond? Why is ‘CVD’ such a hot topic? How many synthetic diamonds are produced? How can I recognize a synthetic diamond? Can a synthetic diamond be blue? Why are natural pink diamonds so expensive? What is a Fancy Colour? Why such diamonds have a different Diamond Grading Report? Is an irradiated diamond dangerous ?

In this 1-day workshop we will discuss the synthesis methods and discuss the characteristics of synthetic stones. We will also explain the colour origin of fancy coloured diamonds and how they are graded.

Synthetic Diamonds & Fancy Coloured Diamonds

Duration

1 day

Requirements

Min. age: 18 years.
You need to be colour-perceptive.
Diploma: HRD Antwerp Certified Diamond Grader is not required but helpful.

Number of attendants

Depends on date and location.

Target Group

This course is meant for:

Diamond dealers, diamond polishing experts, appraisers and graders, gemmologists, researchers, jewellers and designers, sales managers and job seekers.


Course Content

  • Introduction to Fancy Coloured Diamonds.
  • Overview of the most common natural diamond colours.
  • Explanation of and exercises on grading of natural diamond colours using the HRD Antwerp Colour Evaluation System.
  • Diamond types and their properties.
  • History and production methods of laboratory-grown diamonds.
  • Treatments.
  • Examination methods for laboratory-grown diamonds and clarity and colour enhanced diamonds.

Diploma

Participation attest: Synthetic Diamonds and Fancy Coloured Diamonds
Date(s) Location Language Price Excl. Price Incl. Course Code
12/11/2019 Antwerp English € 300,00 € 363,00 WSE111901 More Info Register
08/11/2019 Antwerp French € 300,00 € 363,00 WSF111901 More Info Register

Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald

5 days
Depends on date and location.
English , Dutch , French , Italian , Spanish
Global

A 5-day workshop designed to introduce you to the fascinating world of gems. How to identify them and how to detect natural ones from imitations and synthetics. You will also learn a lot about treatments that can alter the appearance and properties of these gemstones.

Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald

Duration

5 days

Requirements

Min. age: 18 years.

Number of attendants

Depends on date and location.

Target Group

This course is meant for:

Anyone who is fascinated by precious stones and wants to learn about ruby, sapphire and emerald.

Course Content

  • Introduction. 
  • How to use gemmological tools in order to identify gemstones.
  • How to identify characteristic features of ruby, sapphire and emerald. 

Examination

None: There is no test or examination.

Diploma

Participation attest: Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald
This course will be available upon request. Please contact us at education@hrdantwerp.com to make a request. Thank you.

OTHER HRD ANTWERP COURSES

Polished Diamond Courses

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Rough Diamond Courses

These courses learn you how to sort a pile of rough diamonds into different categories according to various criteria such as size, colour, clarity and morphology. These courses focus on practice with a sound theoretical background. The new and extra module about Rough Diamond Management is the practical extension of the Introduction course.

Gemmology Courses

During these courses you’ll investigate the properties of gemstones, using specialized tools and you'll learn how to distinguish synthetic from natural gemstones (ruby, sapphire, emerald and more).

Pearl Course

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Diamond Jewellery Design Courses

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Diamond Polishing Course

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Jewellery Entrepreneur

If you are looking to start your own jewellery business or increase your existing business, this course is the key to your success. Our highly skilled and experienced lecturers will guide you through the fascinating world of the gemstone and jewellery industry.