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Gemmology : Eligibility & Course Areas

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Candidates who have qualified 10+2 or equivalent/ Higher Secondary/ Senior Secondary or equivalent examination from a Recognized Educational Institution can apply for Gemmology degree/ diploma/ certificate courses. The minimum age required is 18 years. There is no maximum age limit. The qualifications for research in the field are degrees in geology, chemistry or physics.

Art colleges offer Bachelors/ Masters degree of Fine Arts (BFA /MFA) in Jewelery design. The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT, Delhi) offers a 3-year intensive diploma programme in accessory design that includes Jewellery Designing. Indian Institute of Gemmology (IIG New Delhi) is offering various courses of Gemmology. There is a three-and-a-half month course in gemmology (resident programme) as well as a one-year home study programme. The Indian diamond institute and the Indian Gemological Institute conduct advanced fellowship programmes of 1year duration for science and engineering graduates. some of the other courses are Post Graduate Diploma in Diamond Technology, Diploma in Diamond Processing, Diploma in Diamond Trade management, Certificate course in International system of Diamond Grading, Certificate course in Grading, Cutting, Polishing, Bruiting etc, Certificate course in Planning& Marketing, Certificate course in Hard Shape Grooving, Diploma in Gemology, Certificate course in Coloured Gemstone Cutting & Polishing, Courses in Jewellery Design & Machine Cast Jewellery. For P.G course eligibility is Graduation and for other courses Higher Secondary or equivalent.

Gemmologists need excellent powers of observation, attention to detail, precision, the ability to concentrate, ability to work on one's own, excellent hand -eye co-ordination, an objective approach and a great sense of responsibility. In addition to the above qualities, they require artistic and creative skills, aesthetic sense and colour sensitivity. They should also acquire an insight into customs and tradition as well as the latest trends as these do influence art forms and design. Effective communication skills facilitate an understanding with the clients as well as the crafts persons.

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