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Off to California to take my 20-stone exam!

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The moment has finally arrived–after taking all my coursework, I am at the point where I am ready to take my 20-stone exam and hopefully earn my Graduate Gemologist degree!  I can’t wait to be back in sunny California, and be on the gorgeous Carlsbad campus at GIA.  It has been such an amazing experience and I have a feeling this won’t be the last time visiting the campus.  For those of you who don’t know, the 20-stone exam consists of 20 gemstones, a desk with all the necessary tools (spectroscope, microscope, polariscope, dichroscope, etc), a sharpened pencil, and a nervous/information packed student.  For some, it may be the luck of the draw, but you never know what 20 stones you will get–and the kicker, if you miss ONE…you fail!  I’ve set aside an entire week to take the exam, so the earlier I pass, the more vacation time I will get! 

I will be back on the blog in one week!  In the meantime, I will leave you with a few ring stacks as of late, and check out my journey to becoming a gemologist:

GIA Diamond Grading Lab

GIA Colored Stones Grading Lab

GIA Gem Identification Lab