Some people love diamonds because they’re luxurious. Some people love diamonds because they have connotations of romance and commitment. Some people love diamonds because they have excellent symmetry and 0 grade leakage on the AGS scale.
Who’s that last group? Gemologists, of course!
Even if you don’t know what the AGS scale is, the science behind the sparkle can be dazzling. We did a round-up of our top picks for blogs/sites run by gemologists.
Take a little peek into what makes gemstones the beauties they are, and what it’s like to have a job where you handle diamonds all day. Go ahead – dream!
This blog is our top pick, with articles that can be understood and appreciated by the layman, but are clearly professional and expert. Written by Graduate Gemologists (GIA-certified) Robert Gunther, Gogi Anand and Matt Winward, this blog is informational, eye-opening, and entertaining – our favorite was the list of diamond prices from before the GIA rating scale. The only drawback is that the posts are few and far between – more where that came from!
A blog chock-full of eye candy, Danielle Miele (better known as Gem Gossip) is renowned for her gorgeous gem photos, like her bi-monthly Show Me Your Rings feature. But Danielle is also a Graduate Gemologist, currently working appraising jewelry as her full-time job. These posts document her journey through her gemologist certification – a great insight into the training process, told with personality.
This site of ultra-certified gemologist Robert James (FGA, GG, CG, one of the founders of ISG) gives you a panoramic view from the trenches of the gem industry. While the site could use a visual update, Robert’s wide range of experience and take on becoming a gemologist and working as a gemologist is fascinating. You have to scroll around and click a bit to find the good stuff, but if you have patience you’ll find it.
How could you have a list of gemology blogs without mentioning the GIA? But big names aside, the GIA blog is updated regularly and provides a nice balance between consumer info (like holiday shopping guides for buying diamonds) and trendy and/or unusual jewelry highlights (recent topics include flowers, owls and skulls. Yes, you heard that right… skulls.)
Written by a group of gem enthusiasts and jewelry experts, this site is intended to educate the gem consumer – and it does a very good job. Their tutorials about how to pick, how to buy and how to understand what goes into a gemstone are thorough and easily understood.
And the one bonus:
This blog offers a daily post (at least one – sometimes more) relating to jewels – from interesting pieces of jewelry and their backgrounds to reports from the GIA to auctions and competitions. The material consists mainly of curated content from all across the web (which is why it’s not on the main list), put together by Robyn Hawk. This blog is most impressive for Robyn’s diligence – it’s not easy to find a gem-related topic to post every day.
Any great gemology blogs or sites out there that we missed? Let us know in the comments – we’d be happy to check them out!