Ernest has been in the diamond industry since 1988.
He has huge experience of rough diamond valuation and compliance issues in West Africa.
2007 to present.
Lead Valuator in Liberia. Valuator for DCi.
2006 to 2007.
General Manager of GGDO.
Successfully completed a class in polished diamond grading at the Gemmological Institute of America in London.
Coloured diamond grading and evaluation – Wint & Kidd, London.
Completed a technical training programme at the DTC Diamond Academy in London which included the following subjects: the diamond pipeline, diamond crystallography, diamond manufacturing processes, rough to polished strategy and polished grading Introduction to diamond grading of polished diamonds at the HRD Institute of Gemmology, Antwerp, Belgium.
Completed an introductory course in the sorting, evaluation and manufacturing processes of diamonds at De Beers.
Appointed as Deputy General Manger, Government Gold and Diamond Office, Sierra Leone.
Promoted to Diamond Valuer.
Promoted to Assistant Diamond Valuer.
1991 to 1997.
On the Job Training by Diamond Counsellor International in Sierra Leone.
Grading of polished diamonds by Serge S. Muller & Sons, Antwerp, Belgium.
Trainee Diamond Sorter/Valuer, Government Gold and Diamond Office.