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CIJT Student's Achievement Recognized

The California Institute of Jewelry Training (CIJT) in Sacramento, CA has announced that student Gwendolyn R. Rankin of Petaluma, CA achieved the highest honors awarded by the Canadian Gemmological Association for the year 2009. CIJT is an allied teaching center for the Canadian Gemmological Association and a member of AGTA.

Gwen earned her Gemmology degree (FCGmA) and three outstanding performance awards from the association. This is the first time in the fifty-year history of the CGA course that an award-winner had attained marks of this level throughout their studies, they include:

  • The first Golden Jubilee Award Medal for highest mark in the Diploma examinations (Theory and Practical)
  • The W. Donald Goodger Award, in honor of founder of the Canadian Professional Gemmology course. This award is for the student who has no previous degrees in Gemmology, achieves the highest mark in the Diploma and a minimum of 90% in both theory and practical. Gwen achieved 102% in the Diploma Theory.
  • And the Dean S. M. Field Medal for holding the highest grade in Preliminary course.

Gwen is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Wes Rankin of Petaluma, a graduate of local schools and attending Santa Rosa Junior College. She is the owner of "Design's by Gwen" and a jewelry designer for the Pacific Coast Pearls, a Petaluma Company.

CIJT hosts FCGmA gemology, MasterValuer™ Appraisal and Jewelry Arts courses on a regular basis. They can be reached at 800-731-1122.


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