Published on 06-17-2015 09:20 AM
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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.