Gemology is a branch of mineralogy that studies natural and artificial gemstones. The practice of gemology consists of new research into natural and artificial stones, and also of providing identification and evaluation services for consumers and retailers of fine jewelry, thus helping to protect buyers and keep jewelry prices and markets stable. The first schools of gemology were founded in the 19th century in response to the growing market for jewelry and the subsequent need to formalize the evaluation of precious gemstones. The first truly professional accreditation in gemology came from the Gemological Association of Great Britain, founded in 1908. Robert Shipley, who in 1929 was the first American to graduate the course, went on to establish the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in 1931.
Since then GIA has made a number of advancements in the field of
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