World Gem Foundation
Project Africa
Project Africa


The allure of gemstones can be very powerful indeed, not only capturing our imagination but also unleashing an unbridled passion that for some will last a lifetime. Throughout history, they have symbolized power and wealth, been prized for their beauty, and revered for their healing and magical powers. What is often overlooked is that these ‘wonders of the earth’ are invariably found in areas with the greatest poverty.

Project Africa is an initiative by the World Gem Foundation to change lives, to level the playing field, to make gemmological education accessible and affordable to those working in these gem producing areas. To help them become more knowledgeable about the quality of the products they are producing and their 'true value' on the world market.

Through the establishment of accredited World Gem Foundation laboratories, we will ensure traceability so that all gemstones can be traced back to their original source, making it more difficult for gems to be illegally exported and traded. We will develop supply chains that are self-sustaining and ensure that those living in gem producing areas benefit economically from the mining and processing of these gemstones.

It is our belief that everyone deserves the right to live with dignity, to earn a decent living and to be able to provide for their families. Project Africa will change the current dynamic by changing lives, not just today but for generations to come.


The second phase of Project Africa will commence in January 2024 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Through the Project Africa (Ethiopia) scholarship, students will be able to complete the World Gem Foundation Coloured Gemstone Professional and Diamond Professional Diploma programs in 25 weeks through a combination of online and in-class instruction. Successful completion of both programs will result in three diplomas; Career Gemmologist, Coloured Gemstone Professional and Diamond Professional.

Download our 16 page brochure by clicking here

To apply for the next program starting in January 2024, please click here

Application Deadline: October 31st, 2023

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