World Gem Foundation
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ABOUT THE WORLD GEM FOUNDATION

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, the U.S, Canada, Spain, France/Monaco/Switzerland, Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland), East Africa (Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, French Southern and Antarctic Lands, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mozambique, Réunion, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Somaliland, Southern Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe), South Central Africa (Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Republic of the Congo, Sao Tome and Principe, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa), West Africa (Ascension, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Saint Helena, Senegal, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Togo, Tristan da Cunha), 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), the Caribbean (Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cayman Islands (U.K.), Cuba, Puerto Rico, Curaçao (Netherlands), Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos) and India. We plan to establish more academies around the world before the end of 2021.

Geoffrey M. Dominy - World Gem Foundation Founder

Geoffrey Dominy is an author, independent gemmologist and jewellery appraiser who appeared on the Canadian Antiques Roadshow for four seasons. He received his F.G.A through the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) in 1987 passing the diploma examinations with distinction.

Throughout the 1990’s, Geoff developed and taught the ‘Gemmology’ program at Red River Community College and The University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, worked for the Canadian Institute of Gemmology, was President and Founder of the Jewellery Appraisers Association of Canada and was a contributing author for the 5th & 6th Editions of Robert Webster’s ‘Gems’ which even today is considered one of the most authoritative textbooks in Gemmology.

He is also the author and creator of the digital e-book 'The Handbook of Gemmology'. First released in 2013, the handbook has now been sold or downloaded in forty-three countries, is used by fourteen schools, colleges, universities and gemmological organizations as their recommended textbook and features the award winning photography of the Tino Hammid and Jeff Scovil.

In 2016, Geoff created 'Gemmology Today', a quarterly gemmological publication that now has a readership of over 20,000 and has been viewed and downloaded in over 50 countries

In 2019, Geoff published 'Gemología Para Todos', a Spanish translation of the first fourteen chapters of the Handbook of Gemmology.

Geoff currently lives in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

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