Gemology

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Gemology (gemmology outside the United States) is the science, art and profession of identifying and evaluating gemstones. It may be considered a branch of mineralogy. Some jewelers are gemologists and, as such, are qualified to identify and appraise gems. There are professional schools and associations of gemologists and certification programs.

Some gemologists specialize in various gemstones, such as diamonds or pearls. Such specialists are found in fields in which a great knowledge is required, especially in the determination of exceptionally "pure" gems. Recently, the demand for gemological services has grown, as increasing quantities of synthetic gems such as cubic zirconia and fracture-filled diamonds have entered the marketplace. The gemologists are currently engaged in the identification of synthetic diamonds, color enhanced natural diamonds and treated natural gemstones. Gemology in the 21st century has become a rigorous science where constant study is indicated for correct identifications.

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