My name is Victoria. I’ve been interested in gemology since I was 10 years old and learned all about diamonds for a school project. Since then, I have worked in the insurance industry and have settled many a claim for various gems and worked closely with some gemologists and jewelers in that sense.
My husband and I started talking about how we can grow our wealth and my little embers of interest in jewelry were set aflame again. I figured if I was going to buy jewelry, I should know something about it. Now I’m interested in a career. That brings me here, to the lovely community of gemologists.
Trouble is, I can’t seem to find my footing. I took a bit of a break because I couldn’t seem to grasp a lot of the practical aspects of gemology. I have been reading the material and taking notes, but I got to the section on lapidary arts and how one should cut a gem and I got completely lost, since I’m not sure I want to invest in a machine to practice or pursue that.
I originally thought I would just visit flea markets, garage sales, and things like that to buy up cheap stones or jewelry and see what I might be able to identify. I’m not sure if this is the best option thought if it’s not likely I find anything of real quality. I don’t feel like I know enough to be able to jump feet first and start doing this.
I honestly have no idea what I should do next. Any advice and thoughts would be appreciated.