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 Post subject: Where Should I Start?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:49 pm 
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Hello everyone!

I'm brand new to the world of gemology, but a recent trip with my fiance to see my family in Brazil truly sparked my childhood passion for the pretty rocks that the Earth seems to make lots of. Other than the many hours self educating research I've done, I do not have any education or professional experience in the field.

I'd like to ask you all, where should I start? I am driven to eventually pursue a GG with GIA in the next year or two, but I want to go in with at least the basics and hopefully some professional experience. I made many connections through family and friends in Brazil, resulting in a very fair purchase of a few different types of precious and semi-precious gems, and I have even more available to me if I can continue this route. I decided to go this route because I didn't have space for all the beautiful larger specimens I had the opportunity of bringing home, but eventually I want to do it all.

I'm building my own little website and business after confirming with my local lab that the stones I purchased are genuine, and that the price I paid does allow me to sell on a competitive wholesale level. I got some great advice from them, and I am just looking for more direction and help if anyone is willing to offer it! I've already learned so much (and will probably learn so much more) on this forum :)

What would you recommend?
What should I focus on right now to start off? Good links/resources?
How does one approach jewelry shops to try and build a relationship with them?
Any advice is very much appreciated. My heart was really drawn to this so I've been so excited to break into the community and world of gemology :)

Thank you so much in advance!

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