British Gem Academy

About Us

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.

Director of Education - Deborah Mazza

Deborah Mazza is half Italian and half British, and started her journey through the world of gemstones in Germany in 1984, where she studied at the Deutsche Gemmologische Gesellschaft attaining her gemmology and diamond diploma; she subsequently gained her FGA in 1986.

Deborah then went to work for the trade in Idar-Oberstein, buying and selling wholesale gems and diamonds, working as a gemmologist and teaching gemmology at the DGemG, this lead on to carrying out jewellery valuations for an insurance company in Germany. She later got a Bachelor in Business in Germany, and returned to the UK in 2010, where she became a tutor for the Gem-A’s online courses.

Deborah, keen to add to her knowledge, started to study again and passed the NAJ/IRV’s CAT jewellery valuation diploma, and is now studying History of Art at Goldsmiths University.

Deborah has her own valuation business and works part-time for an online auction house. She contributed several written pieces for Yavorskyy’s new book, Terra Connoisseur: Gemstones.