TO: INTERNET:PLNTYMOORE@aol.com, INTERNET:PLNTYMOORE@aol.com
Re: Re: (Fwd) Becoming a gemologist
Some asked about classes for becoming a gemologist.
I’d just like to add a bit of additional info to that in an earlier reply.
Right now the GIA ‘campus’ classes are held in Santa Monica but soon,1st part of
97 I believe, will move to Carlsbad CA. It’s located between San Diego & LA.
Ibelieve there is also a lecture/lab program in New York city.
I completed the home study program in 91, did it in 12 months, basically a
lesson a week. There are 2 ways to send in the answers to each lesson, good old
snail mail, & online. I used the snail mail. The online scheme should improve
turn around considerably. I think you can also ‘talk’ to your instructor online.
In addition to the home study work, there are 3, 1 week seminars that require
your attendance at a class in SM, NYC or various cities in the US. The 3 classes
are hands on diamond grading, colored stone id & colored stone grading. The
final was/is a 20 stone id test which may require a gem lab (refractometer,
polariscope, set of heavy liquids, dicroscope,
a microscope or very good use of a 10X loupe).You must score 100% on the 20
Cost wise, if you sign up for the home study Graduate Gemologist program you can
expect to pay about $5000 for the home study portion & the 3, 1 week seminars.
That’s tuition only, no expenses or tools.
Another possible way to get some letters behind your name is to contact the
Gemoligical Association of Great Brittian & take their program which leads to a
FGA (Fellow of the Gemological Assoc Of GB). They have a US office, but I’m
sorry I don’t know the address.
The Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology (Paris Jr College, Paris TX) also has
a gemology program.