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​​​​​​​​​Career Clarity: Gemology @ SCC

If “bling" is your thing, you've found a gem of a Career Education program.

Santiago Canyon College is the only community college in California, and one of just two nationwide, to offer a complete, career-driven degree and certificate program in the versatile field of Gemology. Students in this unique program explore the aesthetic and technical aspects of jewelry-related careers, getting hands-on training with real gemstones, and even a working gemological laboratory.

The program, curated by expert faculty with decades of combined experience in the jewelry industry, is presented in an evening class format, perfect for working adults looking to break into a bold and timeless industry. Santiago Canyon College students save thousands while receiving an industry-respected education in the history, theory, and applied practice of jewelry and gem work.

SCC's curriculum covers a broad range of industry-relevant topics, and includes classes on Introductory and Advanced Colored Stones, Antique & Period Jewelry, Diamond Lab, and more. Gemology program grads begin their careers with great starting salaries, in a wide variety of career specialties, from buying and appraising, to designing, cataloging and curating.

With a Future BUILT career education from SCC, your career outlook has never shined brighter. ​

If you have questions or if you'd like more information about any of the Business and Career and Technical Education programs, feel free call or email. You can also use our form to Contact Us.



​​​​​​​​Yes! Santiago Canyon College’s tuition rates are affordable and competitive, providing one of Orange County’s best higher education values. Click Here to learn more about the cost of attending SCC.

​​​​​Your Career Education degree or certificate opens doors to bigger paychecks, broader opportunities, and more!

  • Jewelry Designer - $51,427
  • Gem & Diamond Cutter - $40,100
  • Gemologist - $47,171
  • Jewelry Store Manager - $47,999

​​Santiago Canyon College’s Gemology department offers one degree and one certificate.

  • Associate in Science (A.S.): Gemology
  • Certificate of Achievement (CoA): Gemology

Click Here to browse SCC’s online catalog.

​Diana Sanders Cinamon
Program Facilitator
(909)​ 883-6006

Jack Ghazalian

Michael Miller

Richard Vogl​​

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​If you're interested in seeing more about the Gemology program, including course offerings, certificate requirements and more, Click Here.


Average Salary In This Field

$40,100 -

Per Year

Potential Careers

Jewelry Designer
Gem & Diamond Cutter

Department Contact

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Phone: (714) 628-4883

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