Important Note: The author: Vincent Pardieu is an employee of GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Laboratory Bangkok since Dec 2008. Any views expressed on this website - and in particular any views expressed by Vincent Pardieu - are the authors' opinions and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of GIA or GIA Laboratory Bangkok . GIA takes no responsibility and assumes no liability for any content on this website nor is GIA liable for any mistakes or omissions you may encounter. GIA is in particular not screening, editing or monitoring the content on this website and has no possibility to remove, screen or edit any content.
We are gemologists (gemmologists) sharing a passion for gemstones, gemolology (gemmology), gem people and traveling.
You will find in this website gemological expedition reports and some studies of gemological interest.
Visiting many gem mining areas we saw that people in remote mining and trading areas have difficulties to access to gemological publications. As today the Internet can be accessed in most of these gem mining areas and trading centers, the author started to build this website to give gem people living there the opportunity to see the result of the gemological expeditions they were associated in. It is a way to thanks them for their time and collaboration and to help them to get access to more gemological information.
At the same time the author hope that these expedition reports will please the people from consuming countries interested in gemstones and fascinated by their mysterious origins. Our purpose here is to help people facing difficulties to get quality first hand information about gems and their origins to get the information they need through this website and its links.
With our field expeditions to gemstone mines and gem markets around the world, we intend also here to share our passion for photography, gems and our fascination for the work of the "Gem People" bringing gemstones from the ground to magnificent jewelry.
From the gems external beauty to the intimate beauty of gemstone inclusions, from gem lore to the mines, the people and the landscapes gems origin from, we expect to share with you our passion for gemstone beauty.
We also invite you to join us on some gemological forums we are active in as they are convenient tools to get rapid answers to your questions as they are regularly visited by many other passionate gemologists, jewelers, hobbyists and professionals willing to learn more and share their knowledge about gemstones.
Index page: Vincent Pardieu's Blog
About the Author
About me : How did a countryside Frenchman became a "Shameless travel addicted gemologist"? ( Under construction)
Sep. 2005: Madagascar with Richard W. Hughes and Dana Schorr (Will be available one of these days...)
Summer 2005: Gemological expeditions to South East Asia (Vietnam) South Asia (Sri Lanka) and East Africa (Kenya, Madagascar and Tanzania) with J.B. Senoble and Tanguy Lagache with the support of the AIGS, the ICA and the Gubelin Gem Lab:
- Introduction to AIGS/ICA/Gubelin Gem lab 2005 Expeditions
Special THANKS for their support for our field expeditions since 2005:
about gems, gemology, field expeditions, studying gemology, minerals, jade, pearls or jewelry? We recommend these FORUMS where the author is contributing:
Do you want to STUDY GEMOLOGY?
Here are some recommended institutes where the author studied gemology in Thailand ... and was happy about his investment!
For those willing to go further after their gemological studies: Recommended Advanced Gemological Courses:
To finish here are some BOOKS about gemology the author have read and appreciated and would like to recommend to people willing to learn more about gemstones, gemology and the places where gemstones are found:
The AIGS is known to have one of the best collections of colored gemstones both natural and synthetic available for both the gemological laboratory and the gemological school. In order to keep this collection up to date, we have decided to continue to invest in the field trip program we started last year with a four month field trip to South East Asia and African mining localities in order to collect first hand information and new gemological samples from the important gem mining and trading centers around Thailand. This year, after witnessing the arrival in Bangkok of many noticeable attractive rubies from Tajikistan, and heard about a new emerald mine in Chinese Xin Jiang, we decide to explore and study Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Western China ruby and emerald deposits. Thanks to the support of the GGL (Gubelin Gem Lab), and ICA members, ambassadors, and directors and also Guy Clutterbuck, Richard Hughes and the Azizi family, AIGS was able to complete an ambitious two month field trip program to these countries in effervescence.
The GGL is constantly investing in updating its database and reference collection of coloured stones from all relevant mines worldwide. The gemmologists of the GGL are regularly traveling to new mines to collect sample material, and are also using trusted sources: well-reputed, knowledgeable geologists, scientists, and gemmologists which can guarantee the authenticity of the collected samples, and ensuring that the collected material is from a specific mine. Our relationship with AIGS, and the professional experience and integrity of Vincent Pardieu convinced the GGL that we want to support this field trip. We therefore decided to provide financial support for this project, allowing us to get sample material for our reference collection from many different mines with a high level of authenticity and credibility.
ICA mission statement calls for the awareness, understanding and promotion of gemstones. The association, through its more than 500 membership network of the most important miners, cutters, dealers and gemological labs in 42 countries, provides the gem industry with concrete and on-site information. One of the main tasks of ICA is to assist investigative laboratory missions by facilitating firsthand contacts and local knowledge of gemstones and mining locations. Vincent Pardieu has become a reputed laboratory and field gemologist and is also a member of the ICA Communications Committee. The AIGS, GGL and ICA collaboration has permitted the success of this exceptional endeavor which provides the gem and jewelry industry with a deep insight of the gem production side and contributes to the construction of an invaluable database and a high level and authentic source of information.
Part 0: Presentation about the AIGS, GGL, ICA fieldtrip reports. (The present page)
Part 1: Pakistan 2006: The Central Asian capital of the gemstone trade. (visit here)
Part 2: Afghanistan 2006: Land of beautiful gems and unique people. (visit here)
Part 3: Tajikistan 2006: Gems from the Pamirs. (visit here)
Part 4: China (Xin Jiang) 2006: Emeralds from the silk road (visit here)
You can also visit our 2005 fieldtrip reports:
Part 1: Introduction: Fieldtrips to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Burma (visit here)
Part 2: Report about Vietnam (April - May 2005) (visit here)
Part 3: Report about Sri Lanka (May 2005) (visit here)
Part 4: Report about Madagascar (June- July 2005) (visit here)
Part 5: Report about Kenya (July 2005) (visit here)
Part 6: Report about Tanzania (August 2005) (visit here)
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Important Note: Vincent Pardieu is an employee of GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Laboratory Bangkok since Dec 2008. Any views expressed on this website - and in particular any views expressed by Vincent Pardieu - are the authors' opinions and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of GIA or GIA Laboratory Bangkok. GIA takes no responsibility and assumes no liability for any content on this website nor is GIA liable for any mistakes or omissions you may encounter. GIA is in particular not screening, editing or monitoring the content on this website and has no possibility to remove, screen or edit any content.