Lisa Schoening: But They Said a CZ Was Just Like a Real Diamond—Why That’s Not True and How Experts Look at Gems

Kappe Library

February 27, 2016 at 2:00pm

Lisa Schoening, G.G., faculty, FIDM Los Angeles

Gemology—the study of gems—is a relative latecomer: long before there was any understanding of chemistry or geology, miners, cutters and traders knew the difference between diamonds, rubies, sapphires and other crystals of great or little worth. Today, those questions—what is it? Is it any good? How do I know?—occupy the waking hours of jewelers, designers, celebrities and would-be married folk the world over. Join Lisa Schoening, G.G., for a hands-on exploration of the art and science of gems and the role they’ve played in the cultural imagination of humankind.

Lisa Schoening has been on the faculty at FIDM since 2008 and, prior to joining FIDM, held a faculty role at the Gemological Institute of America. She has lectured extensively on jewelry history and consulted with jewelry firms and industry nonprofits throughout the U.S.