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 thirteen national and regional gem academies in the United Kingdom, Holland, 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.
Leroy Bakelmun started his career in gemmology after receiving his certificate in gem cutting and polishing at the Lapidary Training Centre Sri Lanka in 1995. In the same year he also received his certificate in Gem identification, through the A.K. Institute of Gemmology in Sri Lanka.
In 2006 he received his 'Gemmologist' certificate through the Canadian Institute of Gemmology (C.I.G.)
Leroy has extensive experience buying and selling gemstones. From 1997 to 2014, he owned and operated GeoGem Jewellers in Langley, British Columbia, Canada and from 2012 to 2014, he also owned the 925 House of Silver in Fort Langley, British Columbia, Canada.