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    by Published on 06-17-2015 09:20 AM  Number of Views: 2630 
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    It's usually the same scenario: A new ISG RGA student contacts me and says, "I don't really care about watches...do I have to take that course?" My answer is always the same: "You have to study watches if you are ever going to be worth your salt as an appraiser, so the answer is...yes, you have to take this course." Later on, of course, I hear that the student loved the study of watches and did not realize just how much the study of gemology meets the study of horology. In truth, these two "ology's" have been an integral part of each other for centuries. Watches have been an important part of the jewelry industry since watches were invented. The artistry that goes into creating a fine timepiece rivals even the finest jewelry design artistry, with intricacies that go far beyond what many students understand in the beginning.
    by Published on 05-15-2015 04:08 PM  Number of Views: 4954 
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    The International School of Gemology is pleased to announce the establishment of our ISG Global Network of services by our ISG Registered Gemologist Appraisers and ISG Registered Gemologists, and the companies for which they work. This network has completed Phase I of our construction and we are now reaching out to all of our ISG Graduates world-wide to join us in this special outreach program to bring ISG quality services to consumers and the industry around the world. We welcome all ISG RG and RGA Graduates, and their employment firms to join us in this special program. ISG Website Hosting and Website Building Assistance For those who need assistance with developing a mobile friendly website for your business, the ISG is providing website hosting, website building and support to all ISG Global Network members. We will assist you in getting SEO (Search Engine Optimization) to help your web-based business be successful.
    by Published on 04-29-2015 11:38 AM  Number of Views: 8457 
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    At left is one of the most amazingly beautiful gemstones, that is both abundant and affordable. Although named for the Amazon River, according to most sources it is not found anywhere near there. According to the book Exotic Gems by Renée Newman, GG (International Jewelry Publications, 2010, pp 134), one explanation says that it is named for Amazon warrior women from Greek mythology. That sounds pretty good to us so we are going with that one. The others seem far too scientific or historical to be much fun. Somehow warrior women roaming the Amazon River seems more romantic....at least to some of us with rather vivid imaginations and time to day dream. Warrior women, beautiful gemstone, important revenue stream for jewelers. Yep, we think this gemstone is just Amazing Amazonite!
    by Published on 03-31-2015 01:46 PM  Number of Views: 7826 
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    A couple of weeks ago, well respected Belgian gemologist Roger Dedeyne contacted our office and asked if we could make some inquiries regarding a group of jewelry appraisals that were circulating in various gem dealing circles. At issue was the fact that the appraisals, while accompanied by GIA Identification Reports, appeared to be extremely high in value. High enough that they constituted perhaps the highest value on an appraisal that most had seen. Upon receiving these appraisals I searched the internet and found the appraiser's website, contact information and location in Florida. We will withhold his name as he is operating under a company name that is very similar, and could be confused with a major, well-known appraisal company. We do not want to cause issues for the established appraisal company so we will refer to this appraiser as: "Appraiser X".
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