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International School of Gemology

The International School of Gemology was founded to provide gemology and jewelry appraisal education at a tuition cost that would be more affordable to more people. Their program is directed toward the jewelry appraisal profession since they are also certified education providers by the United States insurance industry. Although many consider them new in the gemology education industry, they have just completed 20 years of operations, including some noteworthy accomplishments. It has been reported by several industry websites that the ISG program is superior to the other distance education schools. Weaknesses include a small support staff due to their low tuition and a limited practical experience program due to a limited requirement for hands-on training. The ISG has also been involved in several consumer protection efforts that have left them with adversaries in various parts of the industry. As a result, at least two internet websites purposefully attack the ISG to retaliate for their efforts with consumer protection. The ISG is the only distance education gemology school to offer appraisal training and requires a two-year recertification of their diplomas. It is also the only gemology school that produces certified courses for the US insurance industry license divisions.

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