As a fourth generation Zimbabwean, I have grown-up seeing the positive impact that mining can have on local communities. The claim my great-great grandfather staked out 150 years ago is still producing. A town and community grew up around it and many generations of Zimbabweans have earned a living or learned their trades there – it still operates today. It is when these people moved on that the trickle-down benefits of large mining companies become evident to the wider country as their skills underpin further ventures. These people are so often at the heart of the ASM ventures that deserve the respect and support of the entire chain. It is through their brave endeavours that the global gem trade get to apply their skills, often in those faraway lands, to produce items for the luxury market.”

A gemmologist with over 25 years’ of experience.

Charles Evans BSc (Hons) FGA DGA, has enjoyed a multi-faceted career, journeying from his native Zimbabwe to South Africa, Namibia, Australia, Scotland and now London. From places as diverse as an asbestos mine in the Northern Cape region of South Africa to a refractory in Scotland, then the Western Australian goldfields and exploration drilling. All this was driven by a passion for exploring; a discipline and pragmatism borne from military service; and a personality at ease in multi-lingual and multicultural environments. Following a largely unsuccessful time fossicking for sapphire in Queensland and New South Wales, Charles relocated to the UK where he completed gemmology qualifications with Gem-A, and his interest in how technology can support the gem trade led him to roles within Gem-A as the IT, laboratory and operations manager. In over eight years he rebuilt the laboratory to world standards and oversaw the introduction of several online systems to advance and improve the organisation. He served for seven years on the board of FEEG (Federation of European Educators in Gemmology). He has delivered lectures at leading industry association conferences and ran workshops on elements of advanced gemmology. This experience has given Charles unique access to many of the amazing people at studios, workshops and factories throughout the gemstone supply chain and led to the creation of the UK company, Remarkable Rocks Ltd. Through this company Charles has run mine to market supply chain audits in challenging parts of the world, including to the Swat Valley in Pakistan for Myne London. In 2020 he was awarded a first-class honours degree in gemmology from Birmingham City University and became a Certified Appraiser with NAJA (National Association of Jewelry Appraisers). 


Industry Affiliations

Professional Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Gemmology and Jewellery (1st
  • Gem-A Diploma in Gemmology
  • Gem-A Diploma in Diamond
  • PRINCE2 Practitioner

Additional

  • UK Board member for The Federation of European Educators in Gemmology (FEEG) 2014 – 2020
  • Ely Place Commissioner 2019-2020

Professional Membership (UK)

  • Fellow of Gem-A (FGA)
  • Diamond Member of Gem-A (DGA)
  • Scottish Gemmological Association
  • Mineralogical Society of Great Britain
  • UK Facet Cutters Guild

Professional Membership (USA)

  • National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA)
  • Accredited Gemologist Association (Senior Gemologist)
  • Certified Insurance Appraiser
  • US Facet Cutters Guild
  • ICA Associate Member