< Forbidden in Jewelry Industry
5 years ago when I finally received the Gemologist certificate from GIA, I was full of ambition, positive energy and ready to enter the jewelry Industry. I was naive thinking, as long as I fulfil the expensive cost and hard study then past all the exam in GIA. I will be almost half way into the bling bling glamour world. But wait, if things are always so easy then there probably will be more jewelry designers or makers than the products itself now. Of course there are some complications, but what I didn’t know was it’s more tricky than I expected.
Unlike most of my classmates from GIA, who grew up in a jewelry family and know most of the stones by heart before the study. It took me a long time and I still cannot understand why there are so many groups and Species of mineral and due to different kind of elements then they turn to be different variety. For example: theGarnet family of Spessartite and Rhodolite or Corundum for Ruby and Sapphire and so on.
We have a saying that when some of us (non-jewelry group of students) were still playing with dolls (Barbie was not so common in my generation and certainly not my favorite toy to play with..…) they were all playing with Gemstones.
Therefore, how to become familiar with gemstones to help my design work and also to avoid being a cheat has been an very big issue for me. There are more than 1000 kinds of color stones to recognize, unlike diamond there’s rapport of standard price to follow. There’s no price standard for color stones so it is hard to know how to get the best deal… that involve lots of shopping around, comparisons and experience.
Although I have been in the business for 5 years now, I still feel like a “fresh meat” in the business. There is always something new to learn, to identify, to discover. Instead of going on this journey myself, I decides to start this blog to share my new discoveries in this business ( I promise that I will use “human language” not trade language to help people to easily understand.), my favorite jewelry brand’s latest trend, the story behind each piece of my design, my weekly story for get into the jewelry business, also worldwide travel of each of my travel journeys.
Let’s dive into this bling bling world and explore the beauty together.
27th Jan 2017