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Introduction


Since the beginning of human civilization, jewels and jewelery have been an integral part of our lives. They have been regarded as a symbol of wealth and glory. It is also believed that certain kind of gemstones can influence our behavior and our fate as they are to believed to possess some magical powers. Designs and fashions of jewelery and ornaments keep on undergoing a constant change with the changing times. So there has been increasing need of professionals who cater to this demand of designing and manufacturing ornaments and jewelry. In India this industry is emerging as an important source of employment and has lot of potential for growth. Even many foreign brands and companies are tieing up with Indian industry for manufacturing gold and diamond studded jewelery. The exports of gems and jewelery are also increasing.

Nature of Work


Gemology is a subject which deals with gems stones, identifying them ,grading them and sorting them according to their physical properties and values. A gemologist studies about the classification of the natural gem stones and finds the way to prevent their damage. He has to examine their surfaces, internal structure using polariscope and refractometer and grades them according to their color and quality. He can also work as a jewelry designer and can introduce his own line of jewelry, designer watches cufflinks and even tie pins for men. One who becomes a gemologist can specialize as a gem grinder, polisher and even can become a teacher and trainer who can train students in this art.

Personality


One who wants to be a gemologist should possess following qualities which may help him specialize in this work:

Employment


Many jobs and lucrative offers are available in this industry. More and more people are opting for this profession now days. One can work in the following fields

Professional Courses


Various colleges and institutions that offer various degrees and diplomas are: Many certificate courses and diplomas available are:

Eligibility


For P.G courses the eligibility is Graduation and for other courses 10+2, Higher secondary or equivalent would be suffice.

Colleges, Institutions and Universities



Remunerations


The pay package in this industry can range from Rs 5,000 to Rs 25,000 depending on the qualification, skill and experience.

Contributor


The article has been contributed by Ms. Abha Kheterpal. She is double M.A. in English and Economics and is a regular in contributing Career Related articles on CareerAge.com.
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