Gemology is a career path for people interested in gems and minerals. Many of the basic concepts used in gemology are explored in this course.
There are several ways to acquire gemological training. An excellent example of a school is the Yamanaski Institute of Gemmology and Jewelry Arts in Yamanaski, Japan. Hanna and I visited the school and met the director (Prof. Sunagawa - shown on the right) in November, 1997.
Information on metalworking as a profession
To illustrate how concepts explored in this course and the gem materials described here are employed by gemologists creating jewelry, we have included some modern examples from the work of Hanna Cook-Wallace and her colleagues. The jewelry pieces are included to illustrate how jems and precious stones are converted into works of art that are sold though jewelry stores. The examples included below are part of the inventory of Studio Jewlers, Madison, WI. Inquiries should be directed to Studio Jewelers only (for contact details, see below).
If you have a question that you think a professional gemologist could help you with, please e-mail Hanna with the details.
Hanna Cook-Wallace Studio Jewelers, Madision, WI