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Bangkok, the colored stone capital of the world, is one of the most prestigious and practical place in the world to learn about gemstones. There are 3 main places to study gemology.:

  • Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences (AIGS) at the Jewelry trade Center tower 33rd and 6th floor on the Silom Road.
  • Gemological Institute of America in Bangrak. GIA is the most recognized institute in the world, but it is not cheap. Most teachers will speak fluent, or even native english.
  • The Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand located at the Faculty of Science at Chulalongkorn University, Phayathai Road. A lot of Thai students study here.

    Will graduating from one of the institutes be enough to make you into a gem trader? Probably not. The gem business is largely based on long standing relationships between buyers and sellers and it takes time and money to develop contacts. The gem business in Thailand is dominated by Chinese family run firms and knowledge and contacts are passed down from one generation to the next. Having a diploma from a prestigious institute won't be enough to let you break in.

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