2019 Demonstrators

Reza Piroznia, Jewellery Jamboree Gems

Reza Piroznia, F.C.G.m.A, is a Canadian-based goldsmith. Strongly influenced by his Persian roots. Reza designs jewellery using gemstones that he has carefully selected while spelunking world wide. His delightful and delicate creations capture the natural qualities present in Super Seven crystals and a love for Persian Turquoise. 

Enjoying his livelihood with an engaging enthusiasm and charm Reza has created Jewellery Jamboree Gems as a family run business. Known to all of us as a generous and gentle person it is a delight to share in his dream. 

Zulekha Noormohamed, Hamsa Heaven

Zulekha Noormohamed is a successful business woman who has been making breathtaking one-of-a-kind jewellery for 13 years. Each unique piece is hand crafted and made with love and care to accentuate the inner beauty of all who wear her creations. She specializes in working with high quality precious and semi-precious beads both in her jewellery and her bead company. Zulekha believes deeply in the healing qualities of the stones she works with. Her commitment to this results in her often making custom pieces for her customers to benefit from their healing properties. 

Zulekha juggles a full-time job, running two successful businesses along with raising her three beautiful daughters. She regularly jokes that she works a full-time job in order to pay for her addiction, which is her jewellery. She runs these successful and growing businesses to channel her creative energy. She helped start The Gem Expo which is a gem, mineral, lamp work and mineral trade show that is open to the public as well as wholesalers. In recent years her focus has been to help her clients work with their mind, body and spirit through making jewellery, using crystals and energies to reach wellness. She continues to sell the handcrafted creations along with imported sterling silver findings, precious and semi-precious beads and components. 

Zulekha has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Lakehead University, a Human Services Counselor diploma from George Brown College and is working on getting her Reiki Master and Homeopathy certifications. 

Grand River Bead Society

Located in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and serving the surrounding area, the Grand River Bead Society (GRBS) was formed in 2001 by a group of bead enthusiasts who wanted to share their knowledge and inspire others about all things beading-related.  It is a non-profit,  volunteer group of people who share an abiding love of, and an enthusiasm for, beads, beadwork, and related jewellery-making skills. We are a member of the Guelph Arts Council.   

The organization has become a thriving arts community that includes beaders, stringers, wire-workers, metalsmiths, glass bead lampworkers, fiber artists, polymer and metal clay artists, and others who incorporate both novel and traditional materials and techniques in their work.

The GRBS is run by an executive made up of enthusiastic volunteers.

Therese Seguin, Fossiles Plus

Therese, along with her husband, has been doing Gem, Mineral and Jewellery Shows in Quebec and Ontario since 1988.

"Recently retired, we have more time to collect and prepare what we found on digs and field trips over the years."

Fossil collecting is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, make plenty of discoveries and is a wonderful learning opportunity.

Anna Yampolsky, FCGmA, RMV, CAP Gemmology Program Practical Teacher, Canadian Gemmological Association

Anna Yampolsky is a Gemmology Program Practical teacher.  

She is a long-time member of the CGA and a teacher with CGA 

for the past 4 years. 

Anna started her training in Israel where she completed a Diamond Grading Course and worked at the Israeli Diamond Bourse. Anna earned her Master Valuer diploma and has over 20 years of gemmological experience. 

Michelle Brennan, HyperLynks

Michelle Brennan is the creative chainmaille designer and co-owner of HyperLynks in Newmarket, Ontario. She has designed and written over 30 different chainmaille designs, including The Chanmaille Artisan Collection TM, available from retail outlets around the world. She is a guest instructor at various bead stores and festivals across Ontario with patterns published in recent editions of 'Step by Step Wire Jewelry' magazine. 

Iguana Beads

Iguana Beads opened its doors over 15 years ago in Cambridge, ON and has been hidden gem for designers to find unique stones and beads from around the world.  Iguana Beads is crazy about gems and minerals and the store is bursting with rare finds.  Their main focus and passion is stocking a large assortment of unique, quality gemstone supplies for jewellery making.  But they also carry a huge assortment of other beading supplies and artisan jewellery you just can’t find anywhere else.  

Iguana Beads is a one-stop shop for all the supplies and advice you need to complete your handmade project.  But they aren’t just supplies.  Iguana Beads repairs all types of jewellery from costume pieces to ring sizing.  They offer classes which can be viewed on their Facebook page:

So whether you are a seasoned jewellery designer, someone looking for a unique gift or just adding a new specimen to your collection, you are sure to enjoy your visit at Iguana Beads.

Canadian Gemmological Association


The CGA is an offshoot of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (GAGB), the world’s oldest gemmological organization. GAGB (now known as Gem-A) fathered similar organizations in several countries.

Dean S.M. Field, founder of the CGA, had been keenly interested in the study of gems since 1929, and had earned his Fellowship with the GAGB in 1955. By 1956, he had entered into an agreement with GAGB to coach their gemmology correspondence courses in Canada, and the first sealed examinations were written at the University of Toronto in 1957. Successful candidates qualified for Fellowship with the GAGB.

The Canadian Gemmological Association itself was incorporated in 1958 to further promote gemmological education, and to encourage interaction between gemmologists. The doors were thrown open to gemmologists and students of other accredited gem schools, including the GIA (Gemmological Institute of America) and the GAA (Gemmological Association of Australia). In the words of Dean Field, the association was “…setting out to enhance, through ‘hands-on’ instruction, study and discussion, the knowledge of gem dealers, jewellers, and other persons interested in gemstones and jewellery generally. Too, we invited educators in similar and related fields to join forces with us …”

In the interests of establishing a Canadian identity in the field, the Canadian Professional Gemmology program was developed with the input of many experts in the field, and students first sat qualifying examinations for Fellowship with the CGA in 1984. Over the last half century, the Canadian program has won worldwide respect, and Fellowship with the Canadian Gemmological Association is understood to demonstrate a competency in the field equal to that offered by the best international organizations.

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