Your Instructor

Robert James FGA, GG has over 44 years in the jewelry and gemstone industry, working with some of the top names in the field. He has taught gemology for the Dallas County College District, Okaloosa-Walton Florida College District, and has been a tutor for the Gemmological Association of Great Britain. Having founded the Caribbean Gemological Institute, he has also written for several international jewelry magazines including serving as Caribbean editor for Vista Joyera, a Jewelers Circular/Keystone publication. Robert now devotes his time to developing the International School of Gemology to provide quality gemological training at affordable prices for students throughout the world.

In addition to his gemological credentials and teaching experience, Mr. James is also a licensed P&C Insurance Adjuster, Licensed by the Texas Department of Insurance, and is a Certified Insurance Continuing Education Provider, certified to write insurance education courses throughout the United States. His credentials are listed below for your review.

Robert James FGA, GG
Gemological Institute of America

June 1978 Diamond Grading and Evaluation
October 1979 Coloured Stone Grading and Identification
November 1979 Gemologist, GIA

May 1988 Jewelry Retailing G.I.A.
August 1989 Pearl Grading and Evaluation G.I.A.
February 1996 Diamond Grading G.I.A.
February 1996 Detecting Fracture Filled Diamonds G.I.A.
February 1996 Gem Identification G.I.A.
March 1996 Colored Stone Grading G.I.A.
May 1996 Gold and Precious Metals G.I.A.
October 1997 Insurance Replacement Appraisal G.I.A.
March 1996 Graduate Gemologist (G.G.) G.I.A.

American Gem Society

November 1988 Registered Jeweler American Gem Society

May 1992 Certified Gemologist (CG) American Gem Society

March 2002 Certified Gemologist Appraiser (CGA) (Inactive)


Gemmological Association of Great Britain

August 1997 Diploma in Gemmology

October 1997. Gemmological Conference, London

November 1997 Fellow (FGA) of the Gem-A

October 2000 Gemmological Conferense, London

Professional Memberships:

Alumni Member, G.I.A. Alumni Association

Fellow, Gemmological Association of Great Britain

American Gem Society, Certified Gemologist Appraiser (Inactive Status)

Gemology Teaching Experience:

1980 Dallas County Community College District

1989 Okaloosa-Walton Community College District

1992-2000 Caribbean Gemological Institute

1998-2002 Allied Gem Tutorial Centre for the Gem-A in London, England

2000 USAA Insurance

2000 -

2004 Texas Department of Insurance CE Courses for Insurance Adjusters and Agents (Prov#33143)

Currently a Certified Instructor for the following US Departments of Insurance:

Texas Department of Insurance, Illinois Department of Insurance, Mississippi Department of Insurnace, Arizona Department of Insurance, Florida Department of Insurance, Kansas Department of Insurance and others.

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