How to Become a Certified Gemologist


If you have dedicated yourself to a professional career in the jewelry business, you may wish to pursue a Certified Geologist title. The American Gem Society bestows the title to its highest level of members. Certified gemologists may advertise their specialty with a diamond logo near their name in ads and on business cards. Less than 5 percent of jewelers in the country have earned the Certified Gemologist title.

Things You'll Need

  • Membership in American Gem Society
  • Job at an American Gem Society establishment
  • Know that "Certified Geologist" is a title offered by the American Gem Society (AGS) (see Resources below). The title holder must be employed by an American Gem Society Firm Member and must pass an annual recertification exam.

  • Begin your gemology education with seminars, classes and online courses from a recognized school. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and the International Gem Society (IGS) offer educational programs, as do many colleges and universities (see Resources below).

  • Find work as a jeweler. In order to eventually qualify as a certified gemologist, you must gain experience in the field.

  • Earn a "Graduate Gemologist" degree from GIA or a "Professional Gemologist" certification from the IGS (see Resources below). Completion of one of these programs puts you in an excellent position to earn a Certified Gemologist title.

  • Complete the AGS "Way Course," which is available to AGS members only. The six-lesson home-study course provides the foundation for the principles of ethics, knowledge and consumer protection while defining the AGS Diamond Grading Standards.

  • Grade two diamonds provided by AGS. Successfully grading the diamonds acts as an exam of sorts for earning the Certified Gemologist title.

  • Remember to follow recertification procedures every year. The titleholder must maintain a professional and ethical reputation, as well as keep his knowledge up to date. Courses are available to prepare for the recertification exam.

Tips & Warnings

  • There is no formal gemology certification offered, nor is any certification required to work with gems or become an appraiser. If you are planning to hunt for a job at an insurance company or luxury retailer, you may want to earn some sort of certification, but it does not need to the Certified Gemologist title.
  • A Certified Gemologist and a Certified Gemologist Appraiser are two different titles that require very different skills.
Promoted By Zergnet



You May Also Like

  • How to Become a Jewelry Appraiser

    A certified jewelry appraiser examines jewelry to determine its value, which they then put into writing in the form of a certificate...

  • How to Become a Jewelry Dealer

    People often buy jewelry not just for themselves, but to give as gifts or to mark a special occasion, such as a...

  • How to Become a Jeweler or Gemologist

    Jewelry is one business that stands the test of time. Though slower in down economic markets, people will always buy jewelry. Jewelers...

  • How Much Money Does a Gemologist Make?

    For a career of sparkle and lustre -- or, at least, of judging them -- an individual may consider a livelihood as...

  • The Salary of a Gemologist

    Jewelry, precious stones and gems are graded for their characteristics in order to certify their value. Gemologists are professionals who research, analyze...

  • Gemologist Degrees

    Anyone can study gemology and be called a gemologist, but not all gemologists hold a degree in gemology. Having a degree in...

  • What Skills Are Needed for a Gemologist?

    A gemologist is a person who identifies and examines characteristics and quality of gemstones. The gemologist also identifies the natural gemstones from...

  • What Are the Requirements to Become a Gemologist?

    A gemologist's job is to analyze a stone and determine its characteristics and quality. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS, notes...

Related Searches

Check It Out

How to Build and Grow a Salad Garden On Your Balcony

Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!