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.
Conny Forsberg has over thirty years experience as a gemmologist and precision gem cutter. He received his FGA in 1986 through Gem-A, his diamond grading diploma through Hoge Raad voor Diamant (HRD) in 1994 and is an Accredited Senior Gemologist with the Accredited Gemologist Association (AGA). He is currently the owner of the Swedish Gem AB, a modern and accomplished gem lab as well as a precision cutting facility. He has twice received ‘Honourable’ mention in the Gem-A photo competition for his photomicrography (2011 & 2013) and is a valued contributor to the Handbook of Gemmology, with a large collection of his photomicrographies planned for the upcoming 4th Edition. Conny is also an Accredited PRINCE2 Practitioner (Project Management), experienced in public procurement and contracting (EU law) and the initiator and organizer of the Scandinavian Gem Symposium. He is currently the auditor for the Swedish Gemmological Association.
Jan Asplund is a gemmological consultant specializing primarily in the identification and valuation of diamonds, both cut and rough, as well as coloured gemstones and jewellery. He received his FGA (Diploma in Gemmology) and DGA (Gem Diamond Diploma) through Gem-A in 2011, his BA in History from the Mälardalens University in 2000 and studied geology and gemmology at Luleå Technical University (2005 – 2007), cultural and industrial history at the Uppsala University (1998 – 2000), and archival science at Karlstads University (1998 – 1999). Jan also took his Accredited Jewelry Professional – AJP (Gemological Institute of America 2011), Introduction to Watches (International School of Gemology 2012), Jewellers Education Foundation – Graduate Sales Associate (American Gem Society 2011), Blacksmithing (Sätergläntan 2002) and Silversmithing (Tärna Folkhögskola 1996). He is a board member of the Swedish Gemmological Association, fellow and diamond member of Gem-A and initiator and organizer of the Scandinavian Gem Symposium.