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Gem-A, Gemewizard Begin New Colored Stones Grading Course

Jan 20, 2015 1:21 PM   By Jeff Miller
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RAPAPORT... The Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) introduced a new colored stone grading course that is conducted in association with Gemewizard and is designed to provide jewelers, gemologists and enthusiasts with an introduction to color grading as well as providing tools to suggest the pricing of gems. The course will begin in February and cover the value of color and clarity, grading and analysis, and  the latest techniques and online grading tools that enable students to study stones'  quality grades  and use the results to gain real-time  pricing experience.

The course also defines grading rules -- such as color, transparency and cut -- and teaches the evaluation and the methodology behind these techniques. The pricing system presented in the class allows students to see the potential effect of each feature on the gem’s world market price. Gem definitions, commercial names and misnomers, including different names and definitions used in international markets, will also be covered.

Menahem Sevdermish, Gemewizard's president, said, “Gemewizard could not have asked for a better partner than Gem-A, a leader in gemology education, to develop this innovative ground breaking course. The Gem-A Gemewizard course provides participants with important tools and skills to prepare them for a career in the gems and jewelry world. The accumulated knowledge and experience, which usually takes years to acquire in the real trade, can now be gained within a few months. In addition, the Gemewizard intuitive tools allow the student access to vast updated data of color grades and prices of gems they cannot get anywhere else.”

Gem-A's CEO, James Riley, said, “As with all our latest developments, Gem-A is looking toward the new types of technologies that will shape our industry in the years ahead. Gemewizard’s color grading system with its associated GemePrice system is a one-of-a-kind piece of software that has an important role to play as one of the ways the gem community grades and prices gemstones. To keep up with the industry and the way it’s moving, we at Gem-A think it’s important to create new educational content that ensures those looking to join the trade are kept up-to-date with all the latest developments in techniques and technology.”


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