I was considering taking GIA correspondence courses to get my
Gemologist certification, however when after speaking with them I’m a
little hesitant to do it.
I live in Canada and they said that I would be responsible for any
duty/taxes incurred when they ship me stones for my course
materials. Over the duration of the various courses I could be sent
hundreds of stones. I inquired as to whether they knew what other
Canadian’s experiences were with customs and duty charges and they
didn’t “think” it was a problem but couldn’t guarantee it.
So I was wondering if there was anyone on the Orchid Forum that is
Canadian and has participated in the GIA correspondence courses to
become a Gemologist and what their experience was and what I should
Jennifer WolfeBliss Jewellery