Sofus S. Michelsen, Chairman and C.E.O. of The
Diamond Institute, Inc., is a Graduate Gemologist,
Certified Master Gemcutter, and instructor in rough
diamond identification, grading and evaluation.Sofus S.
Michelsen (in photo) Known worldwide for his book,
coauthored by Basil Watermeyer, "The Art of
Diamond Cutting,"now out in second edition, as
well as his new book, " A Journey Through West
Africa in Search of a Million Carats of Diamonds"
Michelsen also created and publishes the
"Michelsen Gemstone Index," ,which provides scientifically defensible pricing
structure for gemstones. Michelsen's contribution to the Diamond Polisher
Occupational Standards for the Northwest Territories, Canada is recognized by the
Minister of Education, Culture and employment as a prerequisit for employment in
The index is used as a guideline by appraisers, wholesalers, distributors, educators
and jewelers in more than thirty countries. A list of testimonials is attached to this
link, please click here to review. Michelsen is a former Senior Charter Member of the
National Association of Gem and Jewelry Appraisers, and a former Vice-President of
the GIA Alumni Association, Florida State Chapter, Founder/President of the GIA New
Jersey Chapter as well as former member of the Alumni Board.
Michelsen's experience includes purchasing rough gemstones in Africa, the Far East
and South America, owning a gem cutting factory producing 500 carats of cut and
polished gemstones daily, and instructing at Gem Spectrum, a lapidary and gemology
school in the State of Florida. Michelsen has also owned two retail jewelry stores and
an appraisal business.
While the information in this web site is geared toward the individual seeking to
establish a cottage industry, many opportunities are available through The Diamond
Institute, Inc. for more elaborate enterprises. In addition to training individuals for their
own business, The Diamond Institute, Inc., can train a class of cutters who intend to
open a diamond cutting factory. It should be noted that for every diamond cutter,
approximately four additional jobs can be created, such as office and sales staff.
Further options include establishment of a jewelry manufacturing concern which will
purchase polished diamonds from affiliated factories and sell large quantities of
finished pieces to the trade. The Diamond Institute, Inc. can assist with planning and
implementing any and all phases of your business endeavor.
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