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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 12:10 pm 
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Hello everyone.

I am currently studying a diamond diploma.
I am curious to know what avenues I can take after I have received
My diploma (fingers crossed).

Can any give me some advise on possible jobs I could apply for?

Thankyou for taking the time to read this, I look forward to hearing from some one soon.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 3:05 pm 
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Have you checked the GIA's: Careers in Gems and Jewelry


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 4:06 pm 
If you can tell me your location, I can give you some advises. Well, you need to search for a jeweller or a manufacturer who buys diamonds in quantities, you can be an assorter for him.
If you are learning only about diamonds and don't have the kind of money to invest to become a diamond trader, you should do some more courses in the particular aspect of gems and jewellery world you have interest in. If you are unsure what intrigues you the most, be an apprentice of a local jeweller, trader or manufacturer... You'll get enough experience and exposure(may be a stipend too :-") to choose your final field of work. You can also apply for a job as a salesman in some good jewellery stores if you have some more qualifications.


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Thankyou...I checked the Gia website. Thanks.

I'm actually based in the UK and have recently gradutaed from a degree jewellery design and making. I found that I was really interested in learning about diamonds however I was unsure of jobs I could apply for after I have (hopefully) passed the exam.

I found that people are really reluctant to keep apprentices...I have tried approching jewellers on numerous occasions, I have even offered working for absolutly nothing.
So being an apprentice wouldn't be an option. :-(
I was hoping to incorporate this diploma with my degree, but unsure of the options.
Stone cutting or polishing? Would be an option with this diploma?

Thankyou for your replies, I am open to more suggestions. :-)


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2011 11:42 am 
Well if you are in UK, either in London or not... Hatton Garden is the place for you(Unless the Birmingham jewellery quarters appeals more to you), I was there for about 1.5 months and learnt very much from different jewellers over there. Best would be write a hand written or typed letter to all the retailers in Hatton Garden requesting them to appoint you as an apprentice... Eric Ross, Beverly Hills, Alexander Craig etc. are just to name a few. If there are no appealing replies, try 'The Heart of Hatton Garden' there are many smaller retailers there. Don't really go for any pawn brokers though. 'John Lawrence' do manufacturing and designing, don't miss out on them.
About stone cutting and polishing, I think Barbara would give you the right advise on that note.
Where in UK are you though ?


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I'm in london.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2011 9:01 am 
Yea, I had the same problem, even with respect to working for free.

In England there is just very little of this industry. What little there is is mostly small and family-run, and often hire within the family. There is a lack of the big employers, and the GIA fairs/website jobs are 99.9% USA-based.

However, you have one HUGE advantage over me, in that you are going in a diamond direction, and what little industry there is in blighty seems to be centred on diamonds.

I interviewed at 'AnchorCert' in Birmingham once, but they wanted GIA students/grads only at that time. However, I think they said they would take an Gem-A person if they did the DGA and FGA (something like that anyway).

I still have the email conversation with her saved, if you want me to equire. However, that interview was in 2009, and was for one specific position. I'm not sure they hire on an ongoing basis, but they might be able to give you a head's up if nothing else.


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Gem-A sometimes have job adverts on the notice board just inside the door - the last time I looked there were some for a chain of pawnbrokers but I think they wanted both FGA and DGA.

As Kyriakin says, a lot of the businesses in the UK are small family run ones and hard to get a foot in the door. If you can afford to work somewhere for free it can help.

What kind of job experience do you have already? If you've done lots of admin or retail work (any sector) then it's maybe worth looking for a role in that area with potential to do some diamond stuff on the side.

Sending out CVs on spec is also always worth a shot.

Best of luck - it's not an easy sector especially at the moment.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:36 am 
Barbra Voltaire wrote:


307 jobs, but 305 in the USA (one in Japan and one in HK).

Has anyone heard of these companies hiring foreign native English speakers before? I know the US produces these qualified people themselves. I found this on the Brit expat site:

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You have skills that are in short supply, e.g. scientific or medical training. A degree is normally a must. Or you have superior specialist skills with at least 12 years experience ( 3 years experience for each year of a 4 year degree missing of study). Recruitment agents will not take you seriously if you are not already in the US. Writing for jobs is often futile, and US employers have no idea what many foreign qualifications mean, so it may pay you to get your qualification translated into a US equivalent. You need a job offer before you can get the visa. Your employer will be your sponsor at a cost to them of $5k and up. They may also have to prove to the Dept of Labor there is no American to do the job if the position is to be permanent. Your dependent spouse may not work. Employer can apply to sponsor you in April for an Oct start of the fiscal year, but there is a limited number of visa's issued, current cap of 65K visa's, which fill up quickly, unless the position is exempt from the cap, such as a university position.


It seems unfair that a country can monopolise an industry (in the English-speaking developed world at least) and then make it almost impossible for qualified foreigners to enter the industry due to being not US citizens.


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