Kathy  Kinev

Kathryn has been in the Jewelry Industry for 35 years. She has been president and owner of Jewel Creations Inc. for 33 years and continues with that company to the present day. She is a jeweler, appraiser and gemologist. Her credentials include a fellow of the Gemological Association of Great Britain, Graduate Gemologist, Gemological Institute of America, and Bachelors of Fine Arts, Georgia State University. She is a Master Valuer Appraiser and a Senior Member of National Association of Jewelry Appraisers. She is a docent at the Michael C. Carlos Museum and a consultant to the museum on ancient metalsmithing. She has written various articles on jewelry that have been published throughout the jewelry trade. She is a guest lecturer at Emory University and has taught classes at Chastain Arts Center, SWEST INC. and Spruill Center for Arts. She has taught granulation workshops and gem identification to many organizations. She has won the AGTA Spectrum Award Platinum Honors Bridal Wear and AGTA Spectrum Award Best Use of Platinum and Color.

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Gem Identification I - Kathy Kinev
This class will teach a hands-on approach to gem identification. We will learn to identify faceted gem materials. All the information given is based on GIA and Gem-A education. We will learn to use the microscope, refractometer, polariscope, loupe, dichroscope, ultraviolet light and spectroscope to identify gemstones. All equipment will be provided in the classroom. You will learn about the physical and chemical properties of gemstones and test each stone that is available for the class to use there will be hundreds of gemstones available to see and test. We will learn about every gemstone and crystal system, their physical and chemical characteristics, inclusions and the origin of gemstones. Presentations are given by AV and, to provide maximum attention to each student's learning process, only six students will be accepted to each class. Lab fee includes a high-quality Hastings Triplet Loupe and a GIA Diamond Stone cloth. Included will be a booklet of color handouts on gemstones, terms and useful information for identification of gemstones.

Lab Fee: $100.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0
Prerequisites: None

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