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 Post subject: Hello from the midwest.
PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 10:10 pm 
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Hi all!
I'm a newbie to the gemology field and I am very excited to get started. I am trying to decide which institute to go through for my gemologist\appraiser education.

I am an avid reader, music lover, jewelry enthusiast and animal lover. I volunteer at an Animal Shelter in Kansas which is no-kill. My two passions in life are spreading the word about animal rights and BIG the homeless pet problem we have in this country AND...jewelry..

I love history, paticularly, the british monarchy. I am a bit of an Anne Boleyn & King Henry the 8th buff or at least I like to think I am. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Hello from the midwest.
PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 10:53 pm 
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Hi and welcome to the forum.
I would start by reading through the free Gemology courses on the left.
http://www.bwsmigel.info/
http://www.emporia.edu/earthsci/amber/go340/define.htm
http://seismo.berkeley.edu/~jill/wisc/Lect2.html

If, after familiarizing yourself with the basics, you would like to take this to a professional level, the most respected courses are offered by:
USA
http://www.gia.edu/
Internationally:
http://www.gem-a.com/


Also, we are very fortunate because LaShawn Bauer has drafted extremely good information on the appraisal process:
http://www.gemologyonline.com/LaShawn/appraisal.html

Having credentials as a gemologist does not qualify one to appraise jewelry.
It is also imperative that one has a thorough understanding of JEWELRY: contemporary, vintage and antique.
see
http://www.langantiques.com/university/ ... /Main_Page

Appraisal science requires a separate credential:
http://www.najaappraisers.com/
http://www.isa-appraisers.org/
http://www.appraisers.org/ASAHome.aspx


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 Post subject: Re: Hello from the midwest.
PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:01 am 
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Thanks for all of the info, I will check into the free online courses. I would love to do appraisal work because of all of the different types of jewelry that comes through your hands. I particularly am into art deco and mourning jewelry. I love antique jewelry at all but I find mourning jewelry facinating..


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 9:25 pm 
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Hello and welcome

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