CAREER IN GEMOLOGY
Nature has blessed the mankind in various ways. Availability of precious stones and gems on the earth is one of those wonderful blessings of nature bestowed upon human beings. Gems and precious stones have been considered as a symbol of opulence and glory not only in our country but also all over the world. India had a rich heritage of fortunes in terms of precious metals, stones and gems. Availability of renowned gems in the royal families in different periods of time still remind us of our halcyon days.
Unfortunately, that rich legacy was plundered in the medieval and modern ages. Still, the marks of that legacy exist today in some other form. From commercial point of view, these precious stones are one of the biggest foreign exchange earners for India. Accounting for one fifth of the countrys total exports, the gems along with jewellery sector, is the frontrunner in Indias export trade. Astrological science of our country has also been based upon gems and stones. Based on these two premises; there is a dire need of tapping its potentials and to operate this industry along the scientific and professional lines. Declaring this sector as an industry can take it to the soaring heights of success in domestic as well as international markets. But this is a hard nut to crack requiring huge investment and professionalisation efforts.
Fortunately various marketing trends are favouring this sector in our country. Availability of expensive gems- studded branded jewellery at accessible rates due to competition is an important repercussion of this trend. Prominent among them is the emergence of branded jewellery on the Indian horizon. Another important repercussion of this development is appearance of a distinct profession related to gems and precious stones. This profession is Gemology.
Although this profession has already been present in our country in past but the modern version of this profession is more scientific and hi-tech based on the standards of international market. Another trend that has emerged in the Indian scenario of gems and stones is the appearance of Gemology as a professional course. From professional point of view, Gemology can be defined as the study of gemstones constituting terminology, physical and optical properties and applications of these properties.
The main objective of the professional course of Gemology is to impart the latest technical know-how with respect to gem cutting, sorting, grading, valuation and identification.
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