Course Information
TitleΓΕΜΟΛΟΓΙΑ / Gemmology
CodeNGMO 829Ε
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorNikolaos Kantiranis
Course ID600019093

Programme of Study: PPS-Tmīma Geōlogías (2020-sīmera)

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective Courses843
ORYKTOLOGIA - PETROLOGIAElective Course belonging to the selected specialization (Elective Specialization Course)843
KOITASMATOLOGIA - OIKONOMIKĪ GEŌLOGIAElective Course belonging to the selected specialization (Elective Specialization Course)843

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours2
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
1) Identification of gems 2) Learning about gems’ formation 3) Acquiring knowledge on gems’ treatments 4) Understanding the characteristics of synthetic gems and imitations 5) Acquiring knowledge on gems’ monetary value 6) Acquiring knowledge of gemstones of Greece
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Design and manage projects
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
1. About gems - Historical background in their manufacture, uses, transportation and trade 2. Physical, chemical, optical properties - Cutting style of gems 3. Diamond (colorless and colored), Corundum (Ruby, Sapphire), Beryl (Emerald, Aqua Marina, Morganite, Heliodorus) 4. Quartz varieties (e.g. crystal quartz, amethyst, citrine, agate, onyx, carnelian), Jasper, Opal, Obsidian, Chrysoberyl (e.g. alexandrite), Zoisite (e.g. tanzanite), Spinel, Zircon, Topaz, Spodumene (e.g. kunzite) 5. Garnet (e.g. tsavorite, demantoid), Tourmaline (e.g. paraiba-type, rubellite), Olivine (Peridot), Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise, Jade (Nephrite and Jadeite), Feldspar (e.g. amazonite, labradorite, moonstone) 6. Gemstones with optical effects (e.g. color change, star-effect) 7. Organic Precious Materials (Pearl, Coral, Amber or Electro, Ivory, Jet, Nacre, Fossil Wood, Horn, Bone) 8. Geology of gems (e.g. primary deposits in kimberlite, pegmatite, marble, amphibolite, skarn; secondary deposits in alluvial depositions) - Organic gems growth 9. Gems’ provenance - Gemstones of Greece 10. Gem Treatments (heat treatment, irradiation, clarity enhancement etc.) 11. Synthetic gems - Imitations 12. Classic gemological methods (e.g., microscope -inclusions, specific gravity, refractive index, fluorescence under UV lamps) - Grading 13. Application of non- or micro-destructive methods for gem analysis (e.g. spectroscopic and chemical methods)
Gemmstones, Physical, chemical, optical properties, Organic Precious Materials, Geology of gems, Gem Treatments
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
1) All class material is available in electronic form to all students through the course web page 2) The teacher communicates with students through e-mail 3) The class evaluation is performed through the Quality Assurance Unit (MO.DI.P.)
Course Organization
Reading Assigment20
Student Assessment
Quality management system of the Quality Assurance Unit (MO.DI.P.)
Additional bibliography for study
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