gem·​ol·​o·​gist | \ je-ˈmä-lə-jist How to pronounce gemologist (audio) , jə-\
variants: or less commonly gemmologist

Definition of gemologist

: a specialist in gems specifically : one who appraises gems

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There's even an on-site gemologist whose day job is to scour the world for precious jewels (our current favorite is an Irene Neuwirth Limited Edition Ceylon Sapphire necklace that retails for $67,300). Hallie Levine Sklar, Town & Country, "T&C Travel Guide: Naples, Florida," 9 June 2017 Guests can also enter the hotel through The Vault, run by Katherine Jetter, who is considered one of the top ten gemologists in the world. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "Inside Hotel Pippa, the Buzziest New Place to Stay on Nantucket," 1 Aug. 2018 Getty Images Getty Images Tiara expert Grant Mobley—renowned gemologist and Director at Pluczenik, one of the world’s leading diamantaires—originally placed bets on the Strathmore Rose. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Wedding Tiara Looks So Different Than Kate and Diana's," 19 May 2018 But gemologists traffic in precious pearls, and discard the rest with a pejorative classification: calcium-carbonate concretions. Michael Lapointe, The Atlantic, "The Twisted Tale of the World’s Largest Pearl," 11 May 2018 According to Bustle, who spoke with Grant Mobley, a gemologist and Director at Pluczenik, Markle's center stone is closer to 3-4 carats, with the side stones weighing in at around .75 carats each. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Much Does Meghan Markle's Engagement Ring Cost?," 2 May 2018 Grant Mobley, renowned gemologist and Director at Pluczenik, one of the world’s leading diamantaires, told this specific piece is his guess for what Meghan will choose. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Why Meghan Markle Definitely Won't Wear the Same Tiara as Kate Middleton at Her Wedding," 30 Mar. 2018 From a gemologist's perspective, diamonds from Golconda are distinguished by their complete lack of nitrogen — an absence necessary for a Type IIa designation in any gem, regardless of origin. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "The Search for Golconda," 12 Dec. 2012 Torrison, who is listed in jail records as a gemologist, was booked into Orange County Jail with bail set at $500,000. Hannah Fry, Daily Pilot, "Suspect arrested in Laguna Beach jewelry store burglaries," 28 Sep. 2017

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1931, in the meaning defined above

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