Odile Civitello is a graduate from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), from the British Gemmological Association (Gem-A), and from the Canadian Gemmological Association (CGA). She is also a Certified Appraisal Professional from the Canadian Jewellers Association.
In 1993, she opens an office where she offers gem and jewellery appraisal services. In 1995 she founds the Montreal School of Gemmology (EGM), an education institution now internationally recognized. Her experience and dedication for teaching make it possible for her to initiate courses at all levels and fields of specialization (foundation courses in gemmology, preparatory courses for the Gem-A exams, practical workshops, courses for rough diamond grading, coloured stones grading and jewellery appraisal). While at school, she also organized study trips to Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Brazil and Tanzania.
After twenty years with the Montreal School of Gemmology, she now offers exclusively appraisal, gemmological and consultation services, gemmology remaining a never ending passion.
In Japan, in the 1980's, it was observed that a perfectly cut round brilliant diamond displays a repeating pattern of hearts and arrows when viewed from below and above respectively. Today, Hearts & Arrows diamonds are considered the pinnacle of perfection in diamond cutting and are the product of meticulous work by master cutters. Specific angles and proportions maximize brilliance and produce a dazzling scintillation. The high degree of precision transforms simple light reflection into a perfectly symmetrical pattern like nature transforming water into a delicate snowflake.