About Gemologist Charles Carmona, President, Guild
CHARLES CARMONA, GG ASA
Guild Laboratories president and gemologist Charles Carmona has
been a rock-hound and coin collector since the 1960s; eventually
turning this passion into a gem and jewelry business. During the
1970s he was an importer of colored gemstones from Asia and South
America. He established Guild Laboratories in 1980.
Mr. Carmona earned his Graduate Gemologist diploma
from the Gemological
Institute of America (GIA) in 1978 and was honored with the
designation as GIA's ideal graduate in their global marketing campaign.
His image and comments appear on GIA London's website. He
has also taken numerous coin and currency courses given by the American
Numismatic Association, (ANA).
Other specialized programs he completed include: American
Society of Appraisers, Principles of Valuation Program at Lindenwood College,
St. Charles, Missouri for Personal Property Valuation, Methodology,
Research and Analysis; Report Writing; Appraisal Practice and Standards.
of Appraisers, Certified Appraiser of Personal
Property (CAPP) Program (Indiana University School of Continuing
Studies), covering Appraisal Ethics & Business Practices; Appraisal
Methodology, Markets & Formats; Appraiser & Law, IRS Report
Writing; Advanced Appraisal Theory & Insurance.
Mr. Carmona has performed appraisal assignments in 16 states
in the US and its territories plus four foreign countries. Besides
English, he is fluent in French, Spanish, and conversant in Portuguese.
This extensive experience has led Mr. Carmona to other key roles
as an international appraisal expert. He served
as a gemological consultant to the World Bank as part of
the program to establish the Institut de Gemmologie de Madagascar in
Madagascar's capital, Antananarivo.
Mr. Carmona's other international appraisal work includes assignments
in Mexico, China, Vietnam and Egypt.
Charles Carmona is author of The
Complete Handbook for Gemstone Weight Estimation, found in
many jewelry professionals' libraries. It is the most comprehensive
source for estimating mounted gemstone weights by using gemstone
shape, measurements and specific gravity, and enjoys global popularity.
Staying On Top Developments
Staying current with gemstone and jewelry industry developments,
he regularly attends regional, national and international trade
shows, often as a speaker in their educational presentations.
Carmona travels to gem mining countries worldwideto gain first-hand
experience in the gem trade by examining gemstones at their source. As
part of Guild Laboratories, He also hosts tours
to foreign gemstone sites where tour members actually go
into the mines and dig for gemstones.
Carmona is a popular speaker for gem and
mineral interest groups.