Good topic, actually love this topic !
The FGA and FCGmA (Canadian course held in U.S. at CIJT) are real
quality programs and the use of the hand held instruments and the
study of theory and the details of the crystal systems gives a
gemologist an advantage.
The real problem today is that people do not subscribe to continuing
education, which, in any other profession, is deadly, can you imagine
any intelligent person depending on the they learned
years ago without adding to their knowledge.
Education, education, it is available all over, Tuscon,
professionals present, many times at no charge, JCK also, and then
there is the Midwest shows and the east coast shows. Always
for the asking,
In addition, we schools hold one week specialty classes such as
MasterValuer Jewelry Appraisal workshops with the likes of Richard
Drucker, John Koivula, Don Kay, all experts in several areas, they
present the new findings and new treatments and schemes and news and
all that you need. These classes are held approximately 4 or 5 times
per year, in U.S. and Canada, generally here, in Sacramento twice per
year, Chicago, Toronto, twice per year and Vancouver and Montreal.
Also, in Hong Kong, China, Korea and the UK has special organizations
that present continuing education, including Gem - A at an annual
The gem scientists or today are brilliant. Their study is not unlike
the renown medical and inventive scientists of days gone by.
In October there is a World of Gem Conference in Chicago, prior to
the World of Gems is a MasterValuer 3 day workshop, so there would be
a window of 5 days to study and renew your gem power.
Acknowledging gemologists ! ! ! ! my goodness. A gemologist is a
required participant in any identifying of gems, how much are some
gems valued at? thousands and hundreds of thousands, Big $ $ $ $ $
And if we make mistakes, it costs us Big $ $ $ $ $.
There should be a course in acknowledging gemologists 101, everyone
needs to get it ! ! It should be mandatory, do you realize how
unregulated we are in this industry.
So, dig in your wallets and take more classes. Go to conferences,
Stand tall and take your rightful spot in this industry. Get on the
band wagon for education in the industry and collect your dues for
keeping up to speed.
Go for it, Dee
California Institute of Jewelry Training