The path to a career in the gem trade is definitely a confusing thing. You have many choices to make about schools and different areas of the trade. You face many different possibilities. It’s not always so easy to offer helpful guidance. What I can say, from my experience, is this: finding a job in the gem trade isn’t so easy.

What Kinds of Careers Can You Find in the Gem Trade?

First of all, you need to figure out what part of the trade you want to work in. Do you want to be self-employed and have freedom (with all the risks and responsibilities that come with that), or do you want to work for someone else and have the (hypothetical) safety of a steady paycheck?

Explore different possibilities by meeting people that do things in different areas of the trade. Figure out what area suits your personality and interests. Be honest with yourself. If you’re shy and scared to talk to people, you might not be able to cope with a sales job. If investing your money into risky ventures like a parcel of spinels makes you feel sick, then you probably aren’t cut out to be a…