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 fifteen national and regional gem academies in the United Kingdom, Holland, the U.S, Canada, Spain, Belgium, 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.
Dr. Laurent Massi completed his PhD studies on ‘Atomic-scale Defects in Brown and Hydrogen-rich Diamonds’ at the Department of Physics at Nantes University in France under the direction of Professor Emmanuel Fritsch. During his studies he also taught gemology in Paris at the French National Gemological Institute. Dr. Massi subsequently taught gemology and gave presentations at conferences in numerous countries all around the world. During his career he has also had the opportunity to publish a variety of scientific and educational articles on color-change corundum, hydrogen- and CO2-related optical centers in diamond, chameleon diamonds, clinohumite, color-change bastnäsite and on a new gem mineral: hibonite, one of the rarest gems on Earth.
Dr. Massi was the Director of the Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences (AIGS) Gem Laboratory and Gem School based in Bangkok - Thailand. He subsequently completed his Graduate Gemologist (GG) studies at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) headquarters in Carlsbad, USA and then became the Director of the new GIA Thailand Campus located in Bangkok - Thailand.
With more than 20 years of experience in the Gems & Jewelry industry, Dr. Massi is now the head of both the new international gem academy AGAT (for ‘Academy of Applied & Technical Gemology’) as well as the co-founder of the French-Swiss Gem Academy (from the World Gem Foundation), both housed in the Majestic building - a former palace from the Belle Epoque - located on the French Riviera, in Nice - France.
Ludovic Durand Oro graduated from the Federation for European Education in Gemmology (FEEG) in 2012, has taught at the French Gemological Institute in Paris (France), was the Director of Education of a gem school based in Monaco and in 2019 co-founded the Academy of Applied & Technical Gemology (AGAT gem school) as well as the French-Swiss Gem Academy (FSGA), both based on the French Riviera in Nice, in the south of France.
A true gem enthusiast, he loves to organize gem field trips for his students to gem producing areas around the world while also acquiring top quality gemstones for his private clients.
Marine Bouvier is a gemologist specializing in the fields of education and photomicrography of inclusions in gems, photos published on her personal blog.
A graduate of the Institut Français de Gemmologie de Paris - France, as well as of FEEG in 2018, she then joined the University of Nantes to obtain her University Diploma in Gemology (DUG), a diploma in scientific gemology.
In 2019, she joined both the Academy of Applied and Technical Gemmology (AGAT) and the French-Swiss Gem Academy (FSGA) based on the Côte d'Azur in Nice (France) as head of the gemology pole. Marine also teaches WGF programs, including the ‘Career Gemmologist’ program to students of AGAT / FSGA.