Career in Gemology in India

Gems are an essential part of Indian culture. Indians use both precious and semi-precious stones such as diamonds, sapphires, rubies, etc. Gemmology or the science of the study of gems and precious metals. Nowadays, everyone seeks quality assurance, and the gems industry is no different. In fact, as a gemmologist, you have immense job opportunities ranging from working in a diamond mine to the owner of a popular gem and jewelry brand
Eligibility criteria: You can start a study program in gemology after 10+2 level or after completing your graduation. Also, you have a deep attachment towards precious and semi-precious stones towards this industry for employment purpose

What would it cost me for Gemology?

A six-day short term course from the Gemmological Institute of India, Mumbai costs around Rs 25,000. The three-and-a-half month regular Diploma in Gemology from the same institute costs around Rs 72,000 and a one-year correspondence costs around Rs 57,000. Other short-term certificates and diploma programs cost between Rs 25,000 to Rs 60,000 approximately
The Indian region of the Gemmological Institute of America offers the following courses:
1) A seven weeks Graduate Diamond Diploma that costs around Rs 2,13,000
2) A 19 weeks Graduate Colour Stones Diploma with a fee of around Rs 3,78,000.
3)  A 26 weeks Graduate Gemologist Diploma costing Rs 5,71,000 approximately
4)  A nine weeks Jewellery Design Certificate with a price of Rs 1,70,000

How much salary would you get from Gemmology?

As a gemmologist, your pay scale depends on your qualification and the status of your employer. A basic course can give you a salary of Rs 10,000 to Rs 18,000 a month. On the other hand, a higher qualification can help you to achieve Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 per month.

What are the different roles and different names in Gemmology?

1) Gemmologist: Responsible for conducting a variety of tasks associated with gems. Primary duties include gem sorting and grading, gem evaluation, testing, dealing with rough stones, and so on.
2) Diamond Grader: A professional who is the expert to grade diamonds according to diamond grading norms.
3) Jewelry Designer: A professional who conceptualizes new jewelry designs and styles.
4) Sales Personnel: Responsible for selling gems, precious minerals, jewelry and gemology in the international market
5) Gemstone Auction Manager: A person who takes care of the entire auctioning process of various gemstones.

Top Companies: 
1) Mining Industry
2) Jewelry making and designing units
3) Jewelry shops and showrooms
4) Gem exporting organizations
5) Manufacturers producing gemological instruments and gem cutting and polishing tools
6) Groups specializing in the cutting and polishing of gemstones
7) Top-notch goldsmiths
8) Various gem evaluation and testing laboratories
9) Gemstone and precious metal grading and quality certifying agencies
10) Industries manufacturing synthetic or artificial gems
11) Antique and art auction houses