Gem RESEARCH Lab

Prof. Phil Belley - Earth Sciences Dept. - Memorial University

Solving Challenges in the gem industry with geological research

The Gem and Mineralogical Research Lab (GRL) at Memorial University of Newfoundland (St. John's, NL, Canada) is tackling key challenges in the coloured gemstone industry through mineralogical, petrological, and geochemical research. Other areas of interest include Rare Earth Element deposits and metacarbonate rocks. For potential government or industry collaborations, please contact Prof. Phil 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, colouration, inclusions, and geochemistry are highly complex. Only with a robust scientific foundation can we develop reliable exploration or origin-determination methods.

Field-based research

Field-based data and sample collection is critical to understanding gemstone formation. Experienced in conducting field-based research, artisanal gem mining, and gemstone exploration, we go where the science takes us.

Exploration Methods

  • Aiding economic development in developing countries.

  • Providing a sustainable gem supply for the jewellery industry.

  • Helping Canada realize its full mineral potential.

The discovery of new coloured gemstone deposits is crucial. And yet, new deposits are primarily discovered by chance. This isn't good enough, and we're working to change that.