Kenneth Scarratt has worked in the pearls and gemstones research field since 1973. He has published over 100 articles and research papers in numerous publications, delivered lectures and training in countries across the world. He has also co-authored a number of books including The Crown Jewels, The Pearl and The Dragon.
His leadership and research roles have included management of prestigious international gemmological centres. From 2005 to 2015, he was the Managing Director, Southeast Asia for the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) where he oversaw the development of the new GIA laboratory. Between 1998 and 2005, he was the Laboratory Director, AGTA Gemological Testing Center in New York. From 1993 to 1997 he was the Director, Laboratory Services, Education and Research at the Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences, Bangkok, Thailand and held the role of Chief Executive and Director of Laboratory Services at the Gemmological Association and Gem Testing Laboratory of Great Britain Between 1989 and 1992, Scarratt oversaw the merger of the Laboratory and Association, having first been appointed as the Managing Director of the Gem Testing Laboratory of Great Britain in 1981.
Throughout his career, Scarratt has examined all the British Crown Jewels including both the Cullinan I and Cullinan II diamonds, as well as the Koh-i-Noor diamond, The Imperial State Crown, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mothers Crown, St. Edwards Crown, Queen Mary’s Crown, the Sceptres and Orbs. He has also examined the world’s largest polished diamond, the ‘Golden Jubilee’.