About the Director

After extensive study and travel I opened my Lawson Gems International Website and subsequently the Lawson Gems physical store in Brisbane, Australia. Since I was a small child returning home from school with pockets full of interesting stones found through the day, I have been fascinated by rocks minerals and especially coloured gemstones. My grandfather Grahame Lawson was an amateur collector always returning from his travels with little parcels of stones which he would have made up into jewellery for my grandmother. I never met him but I do still have small paper parcels of stones that he collected from his adventures and I hope to continue on in his spirit. 

Initially I studied Geology at Queensland University, after graduating and working as an exploration geologist on sites in the Australian outback I decided to study gemmology, completing multiple Diplomas and becoming a Fellow of the Gemmological Society of Great Britain and a Fellow of the Gemmological Society of Australia. I then spent some years working with an Australian gemstone wholesaler and then in the diamond buying area of national jewellery retail chain. My studies then took me to Bangkok where I completed courses in synthetics and treatments and coloured stone grading at the Asian Institute of Gemmological Science. I then moved to London where I studied with the GIA completing their Graduate Diamond Grading course. My interest lies in the beauty and mystery of coloured gemstones, I have always loved emeralds, sapphires, aquamarine, tourmaline, spinel, the list goes on!

I have traveled to exotic and out of the way destinations looking for stones, meeting so many interesting characters and finding beautiful and unusual stones. On my travels I have explored mines and markets in places like Mozambique, Myanmar, Madagascar, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Outback Australia and many more exciting and interesting locations.

My website store will bring you the results of travels through Asia and Africa, with a great range of both rough and polished gemstones. You can also explore the Lawson Gems story through our Instagram feed, Movies page, blogs and additional About pages. If you are even unable to find just what you are looking for on the website please feel free to reach out to support@lawsongems.com as we have a huge range of stock in store that may not be shown online.

Lawson Gems is committed to bringing forward and championing the ideals of responsible sourcing through active participation within many aspects of the gem and jewellery trade. Be it through activities like traveling to third world mining areas to provided free gemmological training and equipment to locals or providing seminars on topics like gender equality and knowledge transfer to trade events and universities. Lawson Gems is committed to a more responsible industry that can benefit people at all levels of the trade.


Bachelor of Science (in the Field of Geology)- University of Queensland

Diploma (Level 5) in Gemmology- The Gemmological Association of Great Britain

Certificate IV in Gemmology- The Gemmological Association of Australia

Graduate Diamonds- Gemological Institue of America

Certified in: Sythetic and Treated Gem Identification (Asian Institue of Gemmological Sciences)                      

Coloured Gem Grading and Pricing (AIGS)                      

Jewellery Design (AIGS)                      

Diamond Grading (The Gemmological Association of Australia)