Marvin Wambua

Marvin Wambua

My journey into gemstones started by seeing my dad with small shiny stones, some he used to call corundum, Tourmaline, Tsavorite, and Tanzanite just to mention a few. He would travel together with his partners, to Voi, Kenya or Arusha, Tanzania for the stones. They would then sell to international Gem dealers who frequented Nairobi. At times l would accompany him to Nairobi where he would meet his clients at the international hotels. l used to be intrigued by the ambiance of the hotel lobbies.

Years later I got a chance to study in America and hotel management was the obvious choice as a major-I wanted more of the “lobbies”. While visiting New York l got to see what the gems (stones) my dad was selling look like in finished settings. Years later, as an employee working at Pooks Hill Marriott hotel in Maryland, l enrolled with GIA for gemology classes. At the same time l had friends, who were gem cutters, whom l would sell rough stones to. In one of my friend’s house, I saw a Portuguese-cut glass which mesmerized me.

Within a few months, I was enrolled at Gem Cutters Guild of Baltimore, Inc. for faceting classes. Now, I am based in Nairobi Kenya, and the founder of Amor Gems Ltd. where I continue to facet gemstones and export to clients all over the world.