After completing my Gem-A course, I started to explore and enrich my knowledge of gemmology and jewellery. I attended the Gem-A Conference 2018 along with the Coloured Stone Grading & Pricing workshop at Gem-A HQ and I gained a lot of inspiration from there. I then realised that this was just the starting point of my career in this field and therefore decided to take a diploma in jade (Fei Cui) in Hong Kong.
With my Gem-A qualification, I have gained the opportunity to work in a gemstone laboratory which mainly tests jade (Fei Cui). And I finally became a certified gemmologist in Fei Cui in Hong Kong last month. Unlike my previous role in the production management department of a jewellery export company, I am delighted to find a new career path and learn more about laboratory management and standard maintenance. In addition, I have acquired many skills in the lab, especially the technical management skill for performing gemmological tests on gemstones.
The most common questions I received after my Gem-A studies were concerning gemstone identification. Therefore, I am sure that the classification skills learned in theory classes and the identification skills cultivated in the practical workshops at Gem-A are the most significant strengths for helping my career.
At first, I took the Gem-A course because I was curious about the origins and values of gemstones. After completing the course, I found that I was not just pursuing my interest. I obtained a more profound understanding of gem cutting and mining and also of gemstone markets. I also became more involved in different gemmological seminars and mineral shows. All in all, the Gem-A course is challenging yet rewarding as it can bring you some new interests and unexpected experiences.