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Gem & Diamond Workers

Also called: Diamond Cutter, Diamond Setter, Gemologist, Lapidarist

What they do:
Fabricate, finish, or evaluate the quality of gems and diamonds used in jewelry or industrial tools.
On the job, you would:
  • Examine gems during processing to ensure accuracy of angles and positions of cuts or bores, using magnifying glasses, loupes, or shadowgraphs.
  • Assign polish, symmetry, and clarity grades to stones, according to established grading systems.
  • Estimate wholesale and retail value of gems, following pricing guides, market fluctuations, and other relevant economic factors.


  • customer service
  • sales and marketing
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • group things in different ways


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Persistence
  • Independence
  • Cooperation


You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software
  • GemCad
  • Jewelry design software
Accounting software
  • Business accounting software
Analytical or scientific software
  • Spectrophotometer analysis software


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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