Gemologists are individuals who study gemstones and are able not only identify what they are but can also determine their quality. Courses are available on topics such as diamond grading or colored gemstone identification but according to the website it takes years of experience to become a truly qualified gemologist. To be adequately trained aspiring gemologists must satisfy the requirements for a diploma in gemology from an accredited gemology school. In addition to the technical knowledge they acquire in formal courses they must also know how to apply that knowledge and they must recognize that there is always something new to learn. The website says that individuals who want to be in the jewelry business will benefit from becoming Certified Gemologists which is a title bestowed by the American Gem Society (AGS) to its highest level members. To attain this status individuals must have experience working as a jeweler be members of the AGS and be employed at an AGS establishment. In addition they must pass an exam that involves grading two diamonds supplied by the AGS. They will be required to take a recertification exam on an annual basis and they must maintain impeccable ethical standards. Only a small proportion of jewelers in the U.S. are Certified Gemologists and those who are will identify themselves with a diamond logo on their ads and business cards. As path to attaining this level aspiring gemologists can start by taking classes or online courses from colleges or universities that offer them. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and International Gem Society (IGS) both offer such courses. The website says that the median annual salary gemologists earn is approximately $42500.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $42500
High Salary: $52500
Low Salary: $32500
Tasks: Studies gemstones.
Determines the quality of gem stones.
Conducts appraisals of jewelry and stones.
Identifies gems for stores and clients.
Also Called: Jeweler
Gem Expert
Gem Specialist
"GIA" Professional
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