About this website

Published: 03 May 2019

About me

In 2017 I became infected with the gemstone virus. Due to a combination of circumstances, I sought distraction in areas other than those I had to deal with on a daily basis. Furthermore, I already had a small mineral collection and always wanted to “do something with it”. By coincidence I got access to a small jewelry collection. My partner took the step to become a goldsmith during the same period, and one thing led to another.

In 2019 I started a training to become a gemmologist (gemologist) at the Netherlands Gemstone Laboratory (NEL) in Leiden. The NEL is an Accredited  Trainig Centre of the Gem-A. The first milestone was reached in mid-2019, I passed the Foundation exam.

Then came the preparation for the diploma ("FGA Examen"), again at the NEL. Corona turned a lot of things upside down, of course, but in September 2020 I passed this exam and from that time on I am a "real" certified gemologist.

I am a physicist by education (MSc), and IT guy by trade, so expect information on this blog that is of a more “scientific” nature. Pendulums and chakra gems are way beyond my field of knowledge. Still, I think gems shouldn't be viewed from the technical side only. Stones of beautiful quality, and which have been incorporated in a piece of jewelry in a good way, certainly radiate positively on the wearer. And whether this is a placebo effect or has a deeper cause, who knows?

The purpose of this weblog.

Because gemstones are not (yet?) part of my daily work, I want to write something here regularly. This is one of the ways for me to internalize the knowledge. If you have questions or inquiries, don't hesitate to contact me.