Diamond brokers are experts in evaluating and grading diamonds. They act as a representative or agent for people who want to purchase high-quality diamonds. The broker does not own the diamonds but instead he locates the type of diamond a client wants by contacting wholesalers, diamond cutters, private sellers and auction houses. To become a reputable diamond broker requires extensive study and continued education to improve skills. Once you have accreditation in a few areas, you then seek work.
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Become a Graduate Gemologist (GG). The Gemological Institute of America offers a few programs that train people to become experts in appraising and grading diamonds. The Graduate Gemologist diploma program is the minimum requirement a person needs to become a diamond broker. The classes can be taken on-campus in California or online. The campus program lasts 26 weeks. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is designated a Graduate Gemologist.
Become a Certified Gemologist Appraiser (CGA). This is a title offered by the American Gem Society. According to the website, "This title is the most highly regarded in the industry. Earning the CGA title requires more advanced training and experience in determining the value of gemstones and jewellery." A title-holder must be recertified every year by passing an exam. To maintain a title, a person must also work for an American Gem Society member firm. These firms are retail stores, jewellery manufacturers and diamond brokerage firms.
Continue your education. The American Gem Society and Gemological Institute of America offer many specialised courses including a few on how to sell diamonds. These courses are invaluable for anyone who wants to become a diamond broker.
Avoid scams. There are ebooks on the market and online training courses that purport to teach you have to become a well-paid diamond broker with just an e-mail account and a phone. The best diamond brokers examine and evaluate the diamonds they are considering buying for their clients. The best training is available from reputable organisations such as the American Gem Society.
Apply for jobs in the diamond industry. Once you have the proper credentials, you can apply for jobs. With a good resume#xE9;, you can first contact member firms of the American Gem Society. This is important if you want to keep your CGA certification. The American Gem Society website has a directory of firms. The Gemological Institute has career services available to graduates. While there are many types of jobs you can do with your training, working for a retailer or wholesaler is probably the best route to becoming a diamond broker.
Strike out on your own. With some work experience in the diamond marketplace and contacts in the industry, you can branch out on your own and become an independent diamond broker. The American Gem Society offers resources for independent diamond experts.
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