Natural, rare, beautiful, durable materials – the stuff of legend, gems attract us and excite our imagination. Diamonds have been known, coveted and used by humankind since Antiquity; India was their only source until around 1723, when they were discovered in Brazil.
In modern times, diamonds and other gems become popular and global, with successful marketing campaigns run in the US (first), Japan and China turning what was a status symbol for the few very rich into a common ritual associated to love and marriage of the (well-off) commoners.
Notwithstanding their allure, gems are subject to the laws of physics, geology and economy. This
course is about the properties, value and markets of gems, diamond being king amogst them.
This is one of two courses on diamonds and diamond deposits – the other one is dedicated to the
exploration, evaluation and mining of diamond deposits. Although they cover separate issues, these courses can be taken independently (none is a pre-requisite for the other).
This is an introductory course with three chapters during three weeks:
The course is designed for a weekly time investment of 1,5 hours. Naturally, should the participant wish to further study reading the selected bibliography made available and participating in forum discussions (see above) – which we recommend, as it is an opportunity to learn from their peers, the time investment is higher. This is, however, flexible and entirely optional.
Type of training
This course is designed as distance-learning. It is organized in modules along three weeks. Each
The course will also have a dedicated LinkedIn group for course follow-up, exchange and discussion of ideas and course topics.
Objectives and outcomes
After the course, participants will have a wide range knowledge on the diamond and other gems
properties, applications, markets and valuation methodologies. Partcipants will identify the main differences between natural vs synthetic and rough vs cut diamonds and the key factors in their value.
Participants would require their own laptop and a stable high-speed internet connection to take part in this course.
The course’s intended audience includes professionals, managers, decision-makers and students
involved or interested in the daiomnd and jewelry industries, including:
His current professional activity revolves around Economic Geology (primarily) and Data Analysis. He is currently partner and general manager of Sínese, a specialized consulting company created in 1995.
His professional activity in the field of Economic Geology has been diversified, although most major projects are related to diamond deposits in Angola and Brazil, precious and base metals (Au, Cu-Zn-Pb-Ag, Sn, Fe, Nb – Ta, Mn) and industrial minerals and natural stone in Portugal, Republic of Congo, and Brazil and other mineral resources elsewhere (oil, underground water, etc.).
He holds degrees in Mining Engineering (Applied Geology), Engineering Geology (MSc), Business Administration (MBA) and Engineering Sciences (PhD) and a postdoc in Mining Engineering.
He is a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geology and holds the qualifications of European Engineer – EUR ING, European Geologist – EUR GEOL and he is a Senior Engineer (Ordem dos Engenheiros).
A maximum of 50 participants will be able to attend this course.