Just a notice to let you know that we still have availability in the Gemstone Identification class this weekend, October 11th and 12th. Taken in conjunction with Gemstone Evaluation (next month), you earn eligibility to go to Ted’s Tucson Tour in February! For information on our classes, see the school section on our website.
Many people ask about becoming a Graduate Gemologist (G.G.) through the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), the foremost school for gemology in the industry and creators of most of the gemological systems used in the trade today. Whether studying in residence at GIA’s Carlsbad California campus or through correspondence while staying at home, the processes of diamond grading and gemstone identification with hand’s on training at NGI will set you up for success.
Just ask Audrey Forrest, newly anointed G.G. and former NGI intern– now employed here, assisting in our gemology classes and at the lab, while learning the processes of appraising fine jewelry. As an NGI student, Audrey exercised our offer of studying for the GIA courses using our school equipment. Already knowing the fundamentals, she cruised through her studies with near-perfect scores, becoming a G.G. in well under a year while employed locally by Mill Creek Jewelers.
Over the years, several NGI graduates have gone one to become G.G.’s and found little trouble with the GIA curriculum because they had already learned the tough stuff right here at NGI!
For a small investment, you will gain confidence in the examination of diamonds, their treatments and substitutes and learn to use gem ID equipment such as the refractometer, polariscope, dichroscope, specific gravity liquids and, of course, the microscope. Even if you do not wish to become a G.G., an NGI education pays big dividends for both those in industry and consumers.
Look for two NGI instructors on PBS television in 1997. As part of a thirteen part series entitled Antique Roadshow – Discovering America’s Hidden Treasures, producer WGBH-Boston utilized the expertise of Karen Lorene and Ted Irwin for the evaluation of fine jewelry.
The series premise is to find “hidden treasures” – things socked away in the attic that might have value or a story behind them.
The show is a moving production studio on a thirteen city tour of the country and a spin-off of a very successful British series.
When presented with a potential treasure, the producers ask to conduct an interview with the client and expert for an on-camera reaction and background story.
Representatives from major auction houses such as Sotheby’s and Christie’s and regional experts in the areas of art, furniture, watches, jewelry and collectibles gathered at the Washington State Convention Center last July to evaluate items brought in by Northwest PBS viewers.
Lorene, NGI’s instructor of Antique Jewelry and Irwin, school director, gave verbal evaluations to the jewelry owners including stone identities and a little history lesson.
While most everything presented to the team that day was uneventful, the line-up at the jewelry table was constant and a great many found out about their family jewelry.
Unfortunately, the jewelry find of the show was not revealed on camera due to the owner’s reluctance for publicity, so Karen and Ted didn’t get an on-air opportunity.
“One other possible story we had,” explains Irwin, “involved a lady who was adamant about her jewelry being of great value. She questioned my identification of the stones which turned out to be synthetic. It probably would have been good interview material for those who would like to see the appraiser getting punched on camera.”