How to Become a Gemologist

As a gemologist, you're responsible for working with gemstones such as rubies, garnets and diamonds. For example, you're responsible for certifying gem stones' quality or value. Also you're responsible for describing and analyzing gemstones' features or characteristics. Becoming a successful as a gemologist takes skills such as good verbal and written communication skills, great concentration and knowledge of gemstones. For example, you must be able to identify whether a gemstone is synthetic, natural, fracture-filled, treated or color-enhanced. Thus, before working in gemology, you need to know how to become a gemologist.


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    Attend a college, distance learning or vocational school to learn about the gemology trade.
    • Pick the vocational school or college, apply and gain admission.
    • Take courses such as how to identify different gemstones, casting and polishing gemstones. Also learn about the tools and machines, such as computerized equipment, grading tools and microscopes, a gemologist uses to examine gemstones.
    • Complete the training to become a gemologist. Training takes approximately 6 months to 1 year to finish.
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    Seek an apprenticeship for additional training as a gemologist.
    • An apprenticeship lasts approximately 1 year. During the apprenticeship, you receive a combination of classroom instruction, such as learning how to set gemstones, and work under the supervision of an experienced gemologist at a business.
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    Become employed as a gemologist. Typically, gemologists work in gemological laboratories or for gemstone retailers, manufacturers and importers.
    • You may be hired by the business where you're working as an apprentice. However, you can also find a gemologist job by networking with other gemologists or through online employment websites and newspaper classified ads.


  • Joining professional gemologist organizations and associations is a way to meet other gemologists and find out about job openings.
  • A bachelor's degree in gemology, fine arts or jewelry design and a master's degree in gemology are available if you want to advance your education. However, they are not required to become a gemologist or to advance in the field.
  • You can become certified as a gemologist. However, becoming certified is based on a written examination, years or experience and education. For example, you can become a certified gemologist by completing studies from the American Gem Society.


  • Since you're working with clients or employers' gemstones, you must be trustworthy, have good character, be honest and have a good reputation as a gemologist. These qualities are especially important if you plan to start your own business.
  • Employers usually prefer providing a new gemologist with additional training. For example, with your first job as a gemologist, you typically receive approximately 1 year of supervised, on-the-job training. However, regardless of the years of experience you gain, you must stay current on technological advances a gemologist needs to know about. Thus, you have to continue your education and training by attending courses, seminars and workshops every year.

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