Gemologists are people who study, test, and appraise any given jewel, stone, or mineral, in order to attain its real value. A malt of science, art, and finance, the profession takes a lifetime to master. As it is not easy to test the small and big stones for jewelry making. The reason why any gemstone collector, like you, needs to read about gemologists is to understand what it takes to tell an original one from a fake. So let us have a look at the 3 great gemologists of all time, of different eras, if you are done with your rainbow moonstone beads collection for now.
Pliny the Elder
Gaius Plinius Secundus, also known by the name of Pliny the elder, was everything a man, or a woman, could desire to be. An author, a natural philosopher, and a naval commander for the early Roman empire. Pliny’s contribution to making the Roman history worth reading is unprecedented. Another hobby of his was of Mineralogy, which made him great at gems, minerals, and stones. A much-cited author when it comes to this subject, Pliny’s observations were based mostly on external characteristics of gemstones and went unquestioned most of the time by other authors. His most notable work till date is Naturalis Historia, which was published in 77A.D.
George Frederick Kunz
Born in Manhattan, New York on 29 September 1856, George F. Kunz was a much-revered figure and in the field of mineralogy, a branch of gemology. He was a self-taught mineralogist, acquiring much of his knowledge out of his love and field research for a variety of minerals. His collection of 4000 gemstones for jewelry making, which he had amassed by his teen, was sold to the University of Minnesota at a sum of $400 by him. He was promoted to the rank of Vice president by Tiffany & Co., when he was just 23, due to his command over the subject matter. One of his greatest clients was the great American financer, Business magnet, and gemstone collector J.P Morgan. Kunz named the pink beryl to “Morganite” as an acknowledgment for Morgan’s love and contribution to the field of gemstone collection. Though he never took any kind of formal education, he was awarded many honorary degrees by some leading American and Europen universities.
The best gemologists of today’s time, Koivula is currently serving as the chief gemologist of the Gemological Institute of America. Having written about 800 papers on the subjects, with numerous of his work now published as books, John has mostly worked on inclusions and photomicrography. Regarded as the expert who made fibreoptic illumination a common practice in the field of gemology, the field is much obliged to John for making it an honest trade by researching heavily on glass-filled diamonds, a practice in which diamond cracks are filled using glass to make them appear natural and flawless. You can also read his works to determine whether your rainbow moonstone beads collection is real or a fake one.