How to become a Gemmologist

Gemmologists identify and evaluate the quality of all gemstones and gem materials, and distinguish them from synthetics and imitations.

Personal requirements for a Gemmologist

  • Patient
  • Good memory
  • Good eyesight (may be corrected) and normal colour vision
  • Methodical with meticulous attention to detail.

Duties & Tasks of a Gemmologist

Gemmologists may perform the following tasks:

  • Identify gemstones (such as diamonds, rubies and sapphires) and ornamental and organic gem materials using gemmological testing instruments
  • Discriminate between natural gemstones and man-made synthetic, imitation and composite gemstones
  • Identify enhanced and artificially treated gemstones, and ornamental and organic gem materials
  • Assess and quantify damage to gemstones and gem materials
  • Advise clients on other gem options.

Working conditions for a Gemmologist

Gemmologists usually work indoors, on their own, or are employed by manufacturers, wholesalers or retailers in the jewellery industry. They may be required to work outdoors in the field.

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