Diamontology is a branch of gemology that deals specifically with diamonds, typically for the purpose of increasing a diamond buyer's confidence. Certified diamontologists usually work in the jewelry industry as diamontology is a skill set rather than a specific occupation. They are often salespersons or appraisers and are typically salaried employees of jewelry stores.
Jewelers with training in diamontology typically begin their careers making a base salary, but experienced jewelers earn their income as a percentage of the jewelry's value that they make. Salespersons generally receive a commission on the jewelry they sell, and diamontologists also receive benefits common to other salaried employees. Benefits that are specific to diamontologists include discounts on diamond purchases and the reimbursement of tuition fees for courses in diamontology.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides national wages for jewelers. The average annual wage for jewelers in 2010 was $38,520. The bottom 10 percent of jewelers made $19,460 per year, and the bottom fourth of jewelers made $25,710 per year. The middle half of jewelers earned an average salary of $35,170 per year. The top fourth of jewelers had average salaries of $47,400 per year, and the top 10 percent earned $61,380 per year on average.
Connecticut was the highest-paying state for jewelers in 2010, with average annual salaries of $53,860 per year. Minnesota paid its jewelers annual salaries averaging $40,490. Jewelers in New Jersey received salaries averaging $45,660 per year, and jewelers in Georgia made an average of $45,040 per year. New York jewelers made an average of $44,310 per year.
The professional and technical services industry had the jewelers with the highest salaries in 2010 with an average of $60,650 per year. Coating and engraving services paid their jewelers an average of $46,220 per year. Jewelers working for jewelry and leather goods stores earned an average of $41,590 per year. Mail order businesses paid their jewelers an average of $38,610 per year.