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Barbra Voltaire, F.G.G., G.G.
Graduate Gemologist/Geologist

I have worked as a gemologist, fine jewelry designer and appraiser for the last 30 years. The more I learn scientifically about gemstones, the more I realize that the mesmerizing qualities that certain gems possess, can only be described as magic. Gemology, is more than the science of gemstones. It helps us understand the history of mankind. There is a close parallel between the talisman of ancient man and the jewelry of modern times. The concept of invoking and conjuring superhuman forces has been replaced by the belief that money can buy them. Precious stones remain talismans of power!

  • Graduate Gemologist; Diploma received from the Deutsche Gemmologische Gesselschaft in residence at Idar-Oberstein, Germany

  • Graduate Gemologist; Diploma received from the Gemological Institute of America in residence at Santa Monica

  • GIA Alumni and Board Member

  • National Association of Jewelry Appraisers, Member

  • Accredited Gemologists of America Accredited Senior Gemologist

  • The American Society of Jewelry Historians, Member

  • Member of Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A)

  • Member Gemmological Association of Scotland


    Bachelor of Science in Geology

    Minor: Fine Art

    San Francisco State University

    Graduate Gemmologist

    Deutsche Gemmologische Gesellschaft

    Idar-Oberstein, Germany

    Graduate Gemologist

    Gemological Institute
    of America

    Carlsbad, California

    I have also studied with:
    The Gemmological Association of Great Britain
    The Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts