Dr. Laurent Massi completed his PhD studies on ‘Atomic-scale Defects in Brown and Hydrogen-rich Diamonds’ at the Department of Physics at Nantes University in France under the direction of Professor Emmanuel Fritsch. During his studies he also taught gemology in Paris at the French National Gemological Institute. Dr. Massi subsequently taught gemology and gave presentations at conferences in numerous countries all around the world. During his career he has also had the opportunity to publish a variety of scientific and educational articles on color-change corundum, hydrogen- and CO2-related optical centers in diamond, chameleon diamonds, clinohumite, color-change bastnäsite and on a new gem mineral: hibonite, one of the rarest gems on Earth.
Dr. Massi was the Director of the Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences (AIGS) Gem Laboratory and Gem School based in Bangkok - Thailand. He subsequently completed his Graduate Gemologist (GG) studies at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) headquarters in Carlsbad, USA and then became the Director of the new GIA Thailand Campus located in Bangkok - Thailand.
With more than 20 years of experience in the Gems & Jewelry industry, Dr. Massi is now the head of both the new international gem academy AGAT (for ‘Academy of Applied & Technical Gemology’) as well as the co-founder of the French-Swiss Gem Academy (from the World Gem Foundation), both housed in the Majestic building - a former palace from the Belle Epoque - located on the French Riviera, in Nice - France.