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 Post subject: Bsc in Gemology Birmingham City University
PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:23 pm 
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I have done GG and I realize labs don't employ only with a GG. So I'm thinking of doing the Bsc in Gemology from BCU. I have 2 choices now.
1. Do Bsc. In Gemology Straight from BCU starting this Sep ( 3years + $45,000)
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2. Do FGA at Bangkok starting this Sep and ending on Dec. (~5month + $10,000) Then do DGA in London starting 2020 Jan and ending in April ($4000) and do the top up Bsc at BCU in Sep 2020 (1year + $15,000)
By the overall feel the 2nd option seems the best considering it'll be 2years and I goe to save a lot of money. But I want some expert advice on this if this is doable and what are the other options I have so on!


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 Post subject: Re: Bsc in Gemology Birmingham City University
PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:37 pm 
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I might suggest contacting a lab you would like to work with and ask them directly what credentials they prefer for qualifying for a lab position.

I would presume a graduate degree in geochemistry or mineralogy with a solid handle of optical spectrographic instrumentation would be the ticket.

Gemology, on its own, may be a little rudimentary. Most gemological institutes gear their courses towards retail employment.


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 Post subject: Re: Bsc in Gemology Birmingham City University
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Not sure if the OP is still around (post count suggests not), but if anyone else comes across this thread...:

Labs are looking to turn scientists into gemmos, and not the other way around *

As already stated, gem qualifications tend to be, scientifically-speaking, so far below the current leading edge of lab-based gemology that they are only really suitable for retail. Even this is a stretch, as it is obviously an environment where you are judged more on an ability to sell, rather than inform the general public about the chromophore of morganite.

* AIGS might be an exception, as I suspect they might be willing fast-track a top AG student that they like through to the lab. They seem to be a bit less rigid and formal in this regard.


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