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.:
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.