gem·​ol·​o·​gist je-ˈmä-lə-jist How to pronounce gemologist (audio)
variants or less commonly gemmologist
: a specialist in gems
specifically : one who appraises gems

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Since it was discovered in its massive rough form in a South Africa mine in 1877 and then purchased a year later by Charles Lewis Tiffany—who entrusted gemologist George Frederic Kunz to cut it—the famed 128.54-carat Tiffany Yellow Diamond made few public appearances on the world stage. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 5 Apr. 2022 Her mother is Patricia, a gemologist certified by the Gemological Institute of America who definitely helped influence her love of fashion, The Straits Times wrote. Addison Aloian, Women's Health, 23 Jan. 2023 Because naturally occurring moissanite is so rare, however, those found in jewelry marketplaces are often created in a lab, according to gemologist and luxury jewelry entrepreneur Angela Cisneros. Amiah Taylor, Discover Magazine, 28 Feb. 2022 To represent the color of each petal, the brand’s chief gemologist, Victoria Wirth Reynolds, sourced 36 unenhanced chalcedonies, which naturally form in a range of hues. Megan Conway, New York Times, 15 Aug. 2022 Today as a certified gemologist with a master’s degree from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Brown-Taher champions her mother’s sentimental gift by designing her own line of conscientious jewelry made from 100% recycled 18-karat gold in New York. Ian Malone, Vogue, 18 July 2022 Students gave TED Talk-style presentations, and children were challenged to create a device to help a paleontologist, geologist or gemologist work. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 June 2022 Student teams from each of the district’s seven schools will take part in a real-time engineering competition that challenges them to create something to help a paleontologist, geologist, or gemologist do their work. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 May 2022 The designer behind the brand, Taline Arslanian, is a first-generation American artist and gemologist. Andrea Zendejas, Harper's BAZAAR, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1931, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gemologist was in 1931

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“Gemologist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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