"Earth's Treasures: Gold & Gems" (EOSC118) aims to enable students to:
- Be able to recognize valuable gems & metals.
- Be able to apply this knowledge in their personal gem & metal investments.
- Appreciate the processes needed to discover, mine, add value (facet and polish), and market these gems and metals.
- Understand the gem industry in BC, Canada, & world.
- Relate economic and social development in BC to past gold rushes & future discoveries.
- Sharpen observations of natural materials.
- Make connections between science & everyday life.
"Rock and Gem"
Author: R.L. Bonewitz
Students on or near the UBC campus can buy this book at Discount Textbooks, located in the UBC Village at the UBC Vancouver campus. Students far from campus might find it easiest to order this book from an online bookstore such as Amazon or ABEBooks.
Origin, properties, valuation, prospecting and geology of: gold, platinum, silver, diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, and other precious metals and gems. The course will also touch on historical topics, current media, and aspects of the jewellery industry.
This course is divided into four modules and covers fundamental scientific concepts, diamond and coloured gemstones, precious and semi-precious metals, and the world of gems and metals from mining to the jewelery design processes.
Module A: “Rocks, Minerals and Gems”
Includes: Aspects of the jewellery industry and current events, as well as a geoscience introduction to help develop a framework for understanding the origins of precious gems and metals
Module B: “Precious Gemstones”
Includes: The world of diamond, the nature of colour and light, exploring tools of the trade, and coloured gems (emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and more!)
Module C: “Mining and Major Metals”
Includes: Gold, platinum and its precious relatives, silver, copper and precious metal alloys. We also investigate the mining of gems and precious metals (and implications), production aspects of the jewellery industry and finally touch on ancient numismatics.
Students will be evaluated by 3 online quizzes and 1 final exam that is Face-to-Face. One practice quiz will be given prior to the quizes that are for marks. A portion of your grade will also come from participation in the discussion boards.