Being a gemologist


Careers in gemmology

A hobby for some, a passion for others, gemmology can also become a career in itself (often a second career) or a specialization to complement your current profession.

Mining industry

Gemmologists can work on mining sites or in processing laboratories, as pre-market gemstone appraisers, traders, etc.

Jeweller, jewellery sales, watchmaking

Gemmologists can work in a jewellery shop (or open their own store!), become buyers for a major jewellery brand, work as appraisers, etc.


Gemmologists can serve as customs experts in the evaluation of imported (legally or otherwise!) gemstones, pearls and jewellery.

Advice and evaluation

Evaluation of gemstones (either as a self-employed individual or with a consulting firm), for example in the valuation of a donation or an estate, or to provide advice to collectors.

Auction sales

Provide a valuation of gemstones in lots of jewellery at auction, catalogue preparation.


Visiting professor or guest speaker at a gemmology school or at a jewellery, watchmaking or other specialized school.

Along with other training, gemmology can also lead to a career in:

  • Gemstone and jewellery appraisal, either as a self-employed individual or with a consulting firm
  • Industry-specific journalist
  • Laboratory researcher