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Gemology Faculty

Lothar VallotLothar Vallot
Program Facilitator
Contact Information:
(714) 893-6643

Courses Taught:
Introduction to Colored Stones
Advanced Colored Stones

A gemologist, goldsmith and diamond setter, Lothar Vallot has been in the jewelry business over 38 years. Recognized as an expert in the field, Lothar is the Program Facilitator for the SCC Gemology program. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Elaine Ferrari-Santhon Elaine Ferrari-Santhon
(949) 374-4694

Courses Taught:

Gem passionista Elaine Ferrari-Santhon began her education early on by frequenting neighborhood Jewelry stores, attending gem and jewelry shows, and digging for more information on what she saw and heard. This unwavering interest eventually led her to jobs in the gem industry. After stints with retail and wholesale jewelers and working trade shows, Elaine earned her Graduate Gemologist (G.G.) degree in residence at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in 1994.
Subsequently, Elaine held positions teaching online and resident courses in diamonds, diamond grading, colored stones and gem identification at GIA for more than 10 years. With her expertise and enthusiasm, Elaine also researched, developed and presented lectures on gemology and co-developed GIA's junior gemology program.
In addition to being a Graduate Gemologist, Elaine is a GIA Accredited Jewelry Professional and an American Gem Society Certified Gemologist.
Diana Sanders-CinamonDiana Sanders Cinamon Diana Sanders Cinamon
(909) 883-6006

Courses Taught:
Antique and Period Jewelry

Diana Sanders is a gemologist and personal property appraiser of antiques, fine art and jewelry. Before joining the SCC staff to teach the Pearls class, Diana has taught antique and period jewelry classes since 1997. She is also the co-author of "How to be a Silver Detective" published by C. Jeanenne Bell.

Diana has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach and received her AA in Gemology from Santiago Canyon College in 2001.