A.G. 2012, Kazakhstan
This trip was my first experience to be educated abroad. Before my arrival, I had no previous experience in the field of gemology. I was as a new born fowl, unaware of my surroundings, but always keen to absorb what came ahead.It only dawns on me now how valuable the knowledge and the actual gemstones are.
As first impressions go, AIGS staff was warm and friendly, I was greeted with welcoming smiles at every turn.
The first instructor, who taught the basic, building blocks of modern day gemology, was Mr. Surachart. He instructed Gem Identification, which was intensive hands on learning. The working day was split in two, with 3 hours of theoretical studies and 3 hours of practical work. In this course, I had the opportunity to identify precious and semi-precious gems, as well as learn about the tools of the trade and their proper use.
Mr. Jayesh Patel covered the next two courses, with traditional methods that he acquired over his 30 years in this business. The Synthetics and Treatments course offered, covered the necessary skills required in separating natural from synthetic gems, as well as identifying stones that have been treated in some way. After successfully completing this course, I am confident that I will be able to distinguish between synthetic and natural stones.
The Colored Stone Grading and Pricing is essential for appraisal of gemstones. By judging the hue, tone, saturation, cut and inclusions, I was able to successfully price the gem according to the market standards.
The final course is lead by the one and only Mr. Pattarat, who with over 10 years experience in teaching diamonds, makes the Diamond Grading a great environment for learning and improving upon the skills previously gained. After taking the journey into the diamond world, I feel very strongly towards diamonds and can appreciate as well as grade their beauty,
I am very glad that I chose to study the Accredited Gemologist program with AIGS.
I would like to thank all of the instructors, lab staff and the registration personnel.
I had a wonderful time learning and made memories with new found friends, in the land of smiles.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.