Gemmologists identify and evaluate the quality of all gemstones and gem materials, and distinguish them from synthetics and imitations.
Personal requirements for a Gemmologist
- 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.