Gem Science Research Group
Dr. Phil Belley - Earth Sciences - Memorial University of Newfoundland
Solving challenges in the gem industry with geological research
The Belley Gem Science Research Group at Memorial University of Newfoundland (St. John's, NL, Canada) is tackling key challenges in the colored gemstone industry through mineralogical, petrological, and geochemical research. We are actively conducting field-based research in the Arctic, Montana (USA), and Asia. For potential government or industry collaborations, please contact Dr. Belley directly.
Gem Deposit Modelling
Developing and improving our understanding of gemstone formation through models is a crucial part of advancing gem science. The factors that control gemstone formation, coloration, inclusions, and geochemistry are highly complex. Only with a robust scientific foundation can we develop reliable exploration or origin-determination methods.
Field-based data and sample collection are critical to understanding gemstone formation. Experienced in conducting field-based research and gemstone exploration, we go where the science takes us.
Detrital Corundum Geology Pioneer
We are conducting pioneering research on corundum (ruby and sapphire) in sedimentary environments, which has significant implications for understanding placers and exploration method development. Stay tuned for some exciting new research in progress.
Image: Corundum crystal from a placer deposit shown with the tip of a needle. Field of view 1 mm.
Exploration Method Development
The discovery of new coloured gemstone deposits is crucial. And yet, new deposits are primarily discovered by chance. We are conducting cutting-edge research to develop new ways of finding colored gemstone deposits.