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Descriptions & Duties

  • Gemmologists analyse, examine and classify a wide range of diamonds and gem stones using test equipment and prepare reports.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Trade Specific Competencies

Knowledge & skills in gemstones

Gemmologists must apply the good knolwedge and skills to analyse and evaluate gemstones through the application of test equipmnet such as microscopes and spectroscopes. They also assist with appraisals and valuations of gems.

Detail oriented

Gemmologists should have detailed mind to accurately examine and identify gemstone materials using standard, high tech, and specialty gemstone testing equipment.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • a relevant recognised diploma or foundation certificate, or equivalent

Professional qualification

  • should obtain Fellowship/ Graduate membership/ status in either one of the following associations/ institutions: Gemmological Institutes in China (GIC)/ American Gem Society (AGS)/ Canadian Institute of Gemmology (CIG)/ Canadian Gemmological Association (CGA)/ Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A)/ Gemological Institute of America (GIA)/ Swiss Gemmological Institute (SSEF)/ International School of Gemmology / International Gem Society (IGS) or other equivalent associations or institutions


  • 3 to 5 years of relevant work experience

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $13,000 - $15,000

Monthly Salary $25,000 - $40,000

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Gemmologists usually work at gemmological laboratories and jewellery shops.


  • Refractometer
  • Polariscope
  • Chelsea filter
  • Spectroscope
  • Ultra violet lamp
  • Microscope
  • Loupe

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