About the World Gem Society

The World Gem Society is an independent membership society that offers gemology education and support independent of any large organization. We are the only international gem society that is a truly an independent gem society operated by professionally licensed and certified gemologists. The World Gem Society is sponsored by the “Mid-Atlantic Gemological Lab & Appraisal Services”, which is  solely owned and operated by “Bonnie Betz Gems & Jewelry, LLC” an independent gemological and appraisal business dedicated to spreading the love of gemstones around the world.

The World Gem Society is just what the name implies, a global network of gemology students, gemology hobbyists and many others who just love gemstones and are not currently enrolled in a formal education program but just want to learn for fun. This is the premier internet website for all topics related to gemology education and support for professionals and hobbyist alike.

What Sets Us Apart

Unlike some internet-based gem societies that are privately owned and operated by internet entrepreneurs and not gemology professionals, the World Gem Society has been established and is maintained by seasoned gemology professionals with many decades working in all phases of the gemstone industry. We are unique in the internet, and no other organization or society can provide you with such a high level of professional knowledge and service, all provided by active professional gemologists.


Membership is open to anyone in the world who loves gemstones. Those World Gem Society Members who hold credentials to qualified gemology schools and organizations will be listed in our Registry of Gemologists and Appraisers. Here is a partial list of those accepted credentials:

  • Diamond Council of America
  • National Association of Jewelry Appraisers
  • International School of Gemology Inc.
  • Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology
  • Cochise Junior College Gemology Program
  • Ontario College Gemmology Program
  • Canadian Institute of Gemmology
  • California Institute of Jewelry Training
  • American Gem Society
  • Gem-A
  • GIA

Member Benefits

The World Gem Society was founded as an educational organization for gemology and jewelry appraisal. Through our gemological resources we provide you with the internet’s most complete…and most up to date….resource for gemology knowledge and expertise, to help those looking to expand their professional gemstone business. Those just starting in your career or hobby of gemology, and those who would simply like to learn more by learning and working with industry professionals, are welcome.  Membership in the World Gem Society is the lowest membership rates anywhere on the internet.

Additionally, we maintain a Registry of Industry Professionals in many facets of the gemstone world. We welcome everyone to join us and be a part of this wonderful, world-wide network of gemologists and gemstone professionals who are here to help you enjoy and grow in your love of gemstones.

All are welcome. We welcome you to join the World Gem Society and help us spread the love of gemstones around the world.

Bonnie Betz, AJP, RG, RGA
Owner, Bonnie Betz Gems & Jewelry, LLC & Mid-Atlantic Gemological Lab & Appraisal Services