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What Does A Gemologist Actually Do?

What Does A Gemologist Actually Do?

Behind every exquisite piece of jewellery are exceptional jewellery and gem experts that are called gemologists. These experts prove to be invaluable when it comes to finding, evaluating and inspecting jewellery lines.
But, What Does a Gemologist Actually Do?

So, what do gemoligists really do, you may be wondering? To put it simply, gemology is a science. It involves in-depth academic study of gemstones, pearls, previous metals and diamonds for that gorgeous fancy light yellow green piece on the ring that has caught your fancy.

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) was established all the way back in 1931 and is today considered one of the leading authorities in the world for standards, information, and education for jewellery, gemstones and diamonds. In fact, the Graduate Gemologist diploma from the Gemological Institute of America is one of the most recognised credentials in our jewellery industry.

What Happens After Graduation?

Once a gemologist has graduated, they are qualified for, among others:
  • Jewellery photographer
  • Jewellery design
  • Diamond and gemstone merchandising and buying
  • Appraisals
  • Lab research and grading
  • Museum or auction house specialist
  • Jewellery blogger
  • Educator
  • Lapidary artist

However, most gemologists’ passion lies in gemstones and jewellery, and they often choose a lifetime of continued learning and curiosity. Each and every gemstone, like those used in jewellery from is unique which means gemology truly is an endless source of inspiration.

What Does the GIA Teach Gemologists?

The GIA has built a solid reputation on making sure that the public trust their jewellery and gemstone standards, and that goes hand in hand with most retailer’s industry-leading standards for the highest possible quality.

Every reliable and genuine loose gem and diamond is typically accompanied by a GIA grading report. What’s more, jewellers and gemologists usually inspect each individual gem and diamond by hand, making use of microscopes and a range of grading instruments to make sure you always get the most accurately graded and best quality gemstones and diamonds.

Yet, it goes much further than just gems and diamonds. From the time a piece of jewellery is sourced to the moment it reaches the wearer’s hand, the gemologists have put it through numerous vigorous inspections. After all, gemologists serve as the front line of defence, and their expertise and sheer passion show in each and every piece of jewellery.

What Goes On In a Gemologist’s Workplace?

Once a gemologist has graduated, he or she can work as a gemstone and diamond buyer and merchandiser, jewellery designer, lab researcher and grader, auction house specialist or even a jewellery blogger.

Should the gemologist find themselves working behind a jewellery counter, they are most likely to put their skills to use selling merchandise. On the other hand, a gemologist working in a museum may use their skills to value potential purchases and donations. Gemologists based in auction houses can suggest reserve amounts for jewellery. In their very own shop, gemologists will write up professional estimates for the purpose of ensuring your beautiful piece of jewellery.

*Image by studentzonfire via flickr


  1. Itni saari information 👍👍 mujhy to iska ABC bhi nahi pata tha

  2. True gemologist only understands the real values of diamonds due to experience

  3. Geologist play with gems. That's the real charm, even they have so many options for careers. It's great to know

  4. Wow! I had no idea that so much went into making of our jewellery! I always thought one had to do a jewellery making course that's all.

  5. While buying a gemstone it's very important to be assured of its quality and authenticity . A gemologist is definitely the right person who can assess a gemstone.

  6. It is a very lucrative profession these days. Having worked in gemstone industry I know that they command huge respect. Good that you wrote this article highlighting this fact!

  7. Wow. Your post is loaded with such useful information, particularly for those who wish to pursue a career in jewelry sector. Gemology sounds like a fascinating subject, wish I had known about it in my childhood!

  8. Wow...So much theoretical studies go into jewellery designing. That's a wonderful insight. Loved reading about it

  9. Oh that's an amazing job. Looking, checking all that shines and take our heart out all the way. A tough job, an intricate one. Glad you shared these details with us.

  10. That's a informative post about gemologist. I didn't know about the course and other details about it.

  11. Informative! It's a nice career option I would say. Quite fun!


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