The World Gem Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that was formed in 2015 with the mandate to provide quality and affordable gemmological training to students, jewellers and professional gemmologists.
Currently consisting of fourteen national and regional gem academies in the United Kingdom, Holland, France/Monaco/Switzerland, Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland), Spain, East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Southern Sudan, Somaliland, Rwanda, Burundi, Malawi and Mozambique), Democratic Republic of Congo, West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo), the U.S, Canada, India, Central America (Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama), South America (Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Guyana and Suriname) and the Caribbean (Cuba, Puerto Rico, Haiti and the Dominican Republic), we plan to establish more academies around the world before the end of 2019.
Through our network of registered academies, students can now study gemmology through the World Gem Foundation and have their accomplishments and achievements acknowledged and recognized worldwide.
With our flexible study schedule, three diploma programs (Career Gemmologist, Diamond Professional & Coloured Gemstone Professional) and courses ranging from basic through advanced gemmology to gem identification, diamonds and coloured gemstones, the World Gem Foundation will help you meet the needs and demands of our ever-changing industry.
Gérard Raphaël Quintin is born in Paris France where he studied Art and Design and graduated from Ecole Boulle. His taste for the diamond world may have been inherited from an uncle who worked in the diamond business.
In 1978 he took the gemology colored stone and diamond course with GIA while he was mining diamonds in the Sewa River in Sierra Leone and where he started the first diamond cutting center in West Africa.
In Abidjan Côte d’Ivoire in 1992 Gérard founded the diamond cutting formation center with a gemological laboratory 'Hardy’s', followed by the installation of the colored stone and diamond cutting facilities in the jewelry school EIBMA.
Continuing his tour in the world of gemstones, Gérard went to Madagascar as an expert for a French Government project to develop the organization and skill of the gems sector.
Professor of Gemology in the Jean Guehenno Jewelry School in Saint-Amand-Montrond France, he then moved to Bolivia to fund and manage the ‘Instituto Gemologico Boliviano’ where students learn gemology and the art of gem cutting.
Since 1997 Gérard has been a member of the Organisation Internationale des Experts based in Geneva, Switzerland.