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.