Cue the horns, I have returned triumphant! The next step in my quest for personal edification is complete. I spent a fascinating week at the GIA's NYC campus to complete my Diamond Grading Lab, and while it was an extraordinarily stressful class, I'd give anything to still be sitting at my microscope using the tiniest ruler ever to calculate a diamond's average table percentage.
The opportunity to advance my gemological studies with the most highly regarded institute in the country (and arguably the world) is of paramount importance to me. Obviously there is value in obtaining this degree in terms of respect from peers, but far beyond that is the total sum of skills and knowledge it imparts.
The absolute best part of completing this lab is the feeling of capability. I will need a lifetime of experience and practice, but at the very least I know I have useful skills to apply to my current work and into the future.
Surrounded by a wonderful group of people from all walks of life (the promised shoutouts: Sarah, Brianna, and Gracie, three fab women with amazingly bright futures), including my coworker/friend and ridiculously talented goldsmith Irene, this class left me happy and excited in a way I haven't been for quite some time.
Photo credit to Sarah, bad editing job by me. We did it, ladies!