Since time immemorial gems have been considered as symbols of wealth, talismans, and adornments of gods, kings and the rich.
They have also been treasured for their magical powers as well.
According to estimates, 60 percent by value, 82 percent by volume and 95 percent of the cut and polished diamonds get processed in India.
Also considering the fact that India is the largest consumer of gold in the world and has excellent infrastructure for diamond cutting, Gemology has emerged as a very lucrative and satisfying career. Gemology as a subject of study deals with gemstones.
The practitioners i.e., gemologists identify, sort out and grade these stones. Gemology is concerned with the scientific study of gems and deals with the occurrence, physical properties and identification of natural gems.
For admission into a Gemology course, you must have completed 10+2 (any stream) or graduation. Generally the coursers are of short terms. A good command over English is must for any aspirant because it not only gives an edge during communication with customers but also because of the fact that most of the books on the subject are in English.
Skills and Attributes
Aspirants for this field should have a sense of design and appreciation of quality. Excellent power of observation, Good hand-eye coordination, attention to details and ability to concentrate tremendously are some of the other qualities.
Indian gem cutters and craftsmen are valued all over the world. Employment is not at all problem for skilled workers. The salaries differ depending on the type of the job you are doing. Creative jobs generally fetch you starting salary of Rs. 15,000 per month. People involved in this business can also be retailers, wholesalers of gems and jewelers shop, where income levels vary from one extreme to another.
Professionals trained in the field of Gemology can start their career with a salary of Rs.6000-Rs.10000. This field has ample opportunities for creative and talented professionals.
Gemstones Artisans Training School Jhalana Mahal
Gemology Institute of India
29, Gurukul Chambers,
Mumbadevi Road, Mumbai (Maharashtra)
Indian Gemological Institute
Nirmal Towers, 10th Floor, 26,
Barakhamba Road, New Delhi
St. Xavier's College
Geology Department, 5 Mahapalika Marg,
The Jasami Department of Jewellery Design & Manufacture
SNDT University Campus, Santa Cruz,
Small Industries Service Institute
65/1 GST Road,
Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
Indian Diamond Institute
katargam, GIDC, Sumul Dairy Road,
Dr. Dhamambal Government Polytechnic for Women
Canada- Indian Institutional Cooperation Project,
Thanamani, Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
The Indian Diamond Institute,
Gem & Jewellery EPC,
Rajasthan Bhavan, Jaipur (Rajasthan)
Vakall's Academy of Jewellery Design
, 114, Arun Chambers, Tardeo Road,
Shri Bhaubhai Mafatlal Polytechnic
Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council
Jewellery Design and Training Institute (JDTI)
NOIDA (Uttar Pradesh)
National Institute of Design (NID)
Paldi, Ahmedabad (Gujarat)
International Institute of Fashion Technology
South Extension Part I, New Delhi
Tata Mills, Parel, Mumbai (Maharashtra)
Sector III, Salt Lake City, Kolkata (West Bengal)
GIDC Electronic Estate, Gandhinagar (Gujarat)
Chenatha Bhavan, Nampally, Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh)
Co- optex Building, Egmore Chennai (Tamil Nadu)