Classes & events

Pearls Class – Begins in February 2023 – check back in December 2022 for class dates

This class is part of the Gemology Program at Santiago Canyon College. The course covers the introduction to the history, appreciation, identification and evaluation of natural and cultured pearls. An overview of the world pearl industry and famous pearls. Pearl identification and grading techniques covering the physical and optical properties for judging the luster surface, shape, color and size of various types of pearls.
  • Identify the difference between natural and cultured salt and fresh water pearl types using techniques designed specifically for the gemology and jewelry industry.
  • Identify and grade pearls as to size, origin, hue, saturation and origin for insurance and wholesale and retail markets.
  • This class has lots of handouts, and lots of Pearls. Every class has a guided, "hands-on" workshop.
  • Ms. Cinamon is the developer of the Pearl Wise Unified Grading system. She brings many years of experience to the class. Visit the Pearl Wise website for free tutorials.
  • Visit the Santiago Canyon College web site for more information.

Antique and period jewelry – is offered every spring. Check back in December 2022 for spring class dates

This class is is part of the Gemology program at Santiago Canyon College. The course covers periods, styles, manufacturing techniques, and values of the jewelry from the late Georgian period through Mid-Century Modern. Ms. Cinamon is a leading authority on antique and collectible jewelry. You will benefit from information which has taken over fifteen years of continuous research. You will likely not find another antique jewelry appraiser or specialist who continues to contribute to their knowledge base with the same level of dedication.

  • You will learn that an antique or vintage piece is not valuable because of its age, alone. Some types of jewelry are more collectible than others and will sell for more.
  • You will learn the elements of a well constructed antique jewelry appraisal. This class is designed for the non-gemologist, but certainly an industry background will help in the identification and valuation process.
  • This class has lots of handouts, lots and lots of beautiful jewelry. Every class has a guided, "hands-on" workshop.
  • For an example of the type of information covered in this class, visit the Jewelry Tips page for a few identification pointers. Find out what you can discover with just a pen light . You will learn how to tell the difference between elephant ivory, mammoth ivory, and walrus ivory, as well ivory substitutes.
  • Since Ms. Cinamon is the author of your textbook, you will be receiving instruction from a leading authority in the antique jewelry industry.

Appraisal theory for the jewelry profession – Tuesdays & Thursdays – six sessions


Appraisal Theory Calendar
Appraisal Theory is offered in the summer. Please check back for dates and times or visit our contact page to be added to the mailing list:
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This comprehensive six-evening class covers the legal, ethical, and practical aspects of jewelry appraising.  The course is presented entirely online via Zoom. Topics include:

  • The 7 steps of the appraisal process
  • U.S.P.A.P overview
  • IRS appraiser qualifications
  •  Guidelines for non-cash donations
  • Types of appraisals and valuation approaches

Course content includes much proprietary information including: efficient intake methodology, research venues, and efficient document preparation.

The course also includes a special section addressing common issues encountered by beginning appraisers.

Class includes a 20-page course outline, 15 pages of illustrated handouts, sample appraisal, sample worksheet and numerous informational PDF files.

The cost is $245.00. We accept cash, check,  credit cards and PayPal.  Select the "buy now" button to pay through PayPal.

Pearls class excerpts

Jewelry class excerpts