Vincent Pardieu

About Vincent Pardieu

Vincent Pardieu studied science and business in France before becoming a tour guide specializing in Europe and Asia. He studied gemology at GGA in Yangon (Myanmar) and at GIA Thailand. In 2004 he became the Director of the AIGS Gemological Laboratory in Bangkok and worked on gemstone treatments like lead glass filled rubies and the origin determination of gemstones. Whilst at the AIGS he started a field gemology program that took him to numerous ruby and sapphire deposits in Asia and Africa. In February 2007 he joined the Gubelin Gem Lab as a gemologist specializing in the origin determination of gemstones. He returned to Bangkok in December 2008 as supervisor, field gemology for the GIA Laboratory Bangkok in order to build the first, and to this day, only field gemology department in a modern gemological laboratory. Since being employed by the GIA he has led 67 successful field expeditions to gemstone mining areas in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar (Burma), Australia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Madagascar, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi in order to collect samples for the GIA reference collection. Although traveling to gemstone mining area utilizes a significant part of Vincent’s time, he does nevertheless spend most of his time with other gemologists in the laboratory cataloguing, fabricating, studying the samples collected and working on gemological publications. Vincent is known for his numerous expedition reports and articles published regularly in various magazines like Gems & Gemology or InColor, or shared via the internet either on GIA websites (www.giathai.net and www.gia.edu) or his own website: www.fieldgemology.org. He has lectured on gemological topics in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

[Video] Sri Lanka, the Gem Island

FIELD VIDEO & REPORT Sri Lanka, the Gem Island ___________________________ With this [...]

By | November 2nd, 2016|Categories: FIELD REPORT, HIGHLIGHT|Tags: , |

[Video] Hunting for spinels in Vietnam

With this new short GIA field expedition video you will discover some aspects of the GIA Field Expedition FE65 that took place in May 2015 to the Luc Yen gem mining area in Northern Vietnam in order to collect some reference samples to be added to the GIA reference collection. This short video will focus on spinel mining with some very unique images of spinel mining in Cung Troi cliff near An Phu. Enjoy!

By | August 20th, 2016|Categories: FIELD REPORT, HIGHLIGHT|Tags: , |

[Video] GIA Field Expedition FE75 to Mogok, Myanmar (Burma)

With this new short GIA field expedition video you will discover some aspects of the GIA Field Expedition FE75 that took place in Dec 2015 to the Mogok area in Myanmar (Burma) in order to collect some reference samples to be added to the GIA reference collection. One of the highlights was the visit of the Dattaw ruby mine, one of the most famous mine in Mogok. It was a great occasion to witness the evolution of the gem mining activity in what remain one of the most active gem mining areas in the world. Enjoy!

By | August 8th, 2016|Categories: FIELD REPORT, HIGHLIGHT|Tags: , , , |

[Video] Hunting for sapphires in Tasmania

FIELD VIDEO & REPORT Hunting for sapphires in Tasmania ___________________________ With this [...]

By | April 17th, 2016|Categories: FIELD REPORT, HIGHLIGHT|Tags: , , |