GEMOL­O­GIST Let’s rock

THE LOW­DOWN

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CLOCK­WORK 10.30am: Meet with re­tail­ers to look at qual­ity of the lat­est ship­ment of gems 11.30am: Pre­pare and fi­nalise stock itin­er­ary Noon: Clean high grade and sen­si­tive equip­ment 1.30pm: Lunch 2.30pm: Ex­am­ine global trends in gem­mol­ogy online and through hard manuscripts 4pm: Deal with cus­tomers 6pm: Itemise stocks avail­able 7pm: Pack up for the day

THE PAY­OFF The pay scale varies with not just the level of train­ing but also the na­ture of the em­ployer. While gem­mol­o­gists with ba­sic train­ing can earn be­tween R10,000 to R20,000 a month, those with an ad­vanced level of train­ing and ex­pe­ri­ence can look at a pay pack­age up­wards of R30,000 a month. A self-em­ployed gem­mol­o­gist in­volved in re­tail starts slow but once es­tab­lished, can look at a seven-fig­ure in­come per an­num Gem­mol­ogy has been the art of iden­ti­fy­ing and eval­u­at­ing gem­stones. In to­day’s world, it has be­come a sci­ence and pro­fes­sion deal­ing with pre­cious and semi-pre­cious stones. A branch of min­er­al­ogy, it is con­sid­ered a geo­science. Gemol­o­gists are an as­set to the jew­ellery in­dus­try SKILLS/TRAITS A gen­uine in­ter­est in pre­cious and semi-pre­cious stones An eye for de­tail, ca­pa­ble of see­ing the mi­nut­est of de­tails that de­ter­mine the grade, qual­ity and worth of a stone A deep knowl­edge of not just stones but also of equip­ment Good com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills to deal with cus­tomers The high cost re­tail deal­ings re­quire in­tegrity and hon­esty in cus­tomer deal­ings to win the buy­ers’ trust

GET­TING THERE Most in­sti­tu­tions of­fer a grad­u­ate gem­mol­o­gist (GG) de­gree to those in­ter­ested. Stu­dents need to clear a prac­ti­cal-cum-the­o­ret­i­cal test to earn the GG cre­den­tial. An un­der­grad­u­ate may also ap­ply for a de­gree in gem­mol­ogy but there are few rep­utable in­sti­tu­tions of­fer­ing de­grees to school grad­u­ates. The tu­ition fee for a typ­i­cal six-month course abroad is be­tween R4 lakh to R8 lakh. A six-month course in a pri­vate

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