How it all started
Hi, my name is Dimitri Zlatev, and I’m Obsessed with Gemmology (Hence the name – Gemmology Obsession 😊). I was born and raised in Bulgaria, in a small town called Yambol near the Black sea.
My father is a highly professional welder; my mother is a Nursery Teacher. At an early age, I was very energetic, and my parents decided to sign me up for Latin and Ballroom classes. After ten years of training and competitions, I had to leave the dancing behind and move to the UK.
A new beginning
I packed my suitcase and took a flight to London on my own, and I decided to live in Oxford as I had previously visited my father when he used to work there. (He currently works in Antwerp, Belgium – not involved in the Diamond industry)
My passion for jewellery grew when I started my jewellery-making business in 2012, specialising in genuine gemstone jewellery, mainly in bracelets and pendants. I had one mission in my business plan:
Total Disclosure on each Gemstone
We all have been scammed before by purchasing a gemstone that wasn’t the real thing, and my main focus was to provide certificates with full Disclosure for everything I sold. I loved the idea of buying a piece of jewellery, knowing which country the Gemstone has come from if it had any treatment or was it completely natural.
In 2013 I decided to move to Cardiff as I was missing the sea, needed a change and when you find someone you love, you can relocate anywhere with them
Why Wales? – Asked no one ever!
Wales has over 1,680 miles (2,700 km) of coastline and is mostly mountainous with its higher peaks in the north and central areas, including Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), its highest summit. The country lies within the north temperate zone and has a changeable, maritime climate, and we also have Barry Island (Gavin and Stacy Reference 😊)
The video was taken on a camping trip at Llyn Idwal.
I was so interested in Gemmology that in 2016 I decided to invest in myself and start my journey of becoming a Gemmologist.
Where else to study other than the Gemological Institute of America (Established in 1931, GIA is the world’s foremost authority on diamonds, coloured stones, and pearls. A public benefit, nonprofit institute, GIA is the leading source of knowledge, standards, and education in gems and jewellery.)
It was super easy to study as everything was online with instructors, only a phone call away if needed.
My first course was GIA Coloured Stone Essentials (May 2016) It was a three months course providing me with a lot of knowledge and information not just on Gems, but on the industry as well.