In the world of precious gems, a graduate gemologist is the equivalent of a Michelin star chef.
And the Gemological Institute of America – otherwise known as the GIA – is THE school for training experts in the jewelry industry.
Gemology education began in the 19th century, but it wasn’t until 1908 that the first real qualifications were created by the National Association of Goldsmiths in England.
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The world of diamonds is governed by “the four Cs.”
There’s color, which actually refers to the lack of color a stone has. One with no color is considered top quality, while a “brown” or “yellow” diamond is a lower standard diamond.
There’s carat, which is the weight of the diamond, and clarity, which refers to the presence or absence of inclusions – or flaws – in the stone.
And finally there’s cut, or the craftsmanship of a diamond: how the facets cooperate with light, the diamond’s overall finish and its proportions and symmetry.
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