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Keen to share our expertise with the wider public, in 2013 Gübelin opened the Gübelin Academy in Hong Kong, which today also offers courses in Shanghai and Switzerland. Inspired by one of the world’s most celebrated gemmologists, Eduard Joseph Gübelin, the Gübelin Academy aims to share the company’s longstanding expertise in imparting passion, emotion and knowledge in the fascinating world of coloured gemstones. Geared to professionals as well as enthusiasts and connoisseurs of coloured stones, the Academy offers a series of modular programmes providing a unique fast-track training into the wonderful world of coloured gems.
Deeply passionate about diamonds and coloured gems since she was young, Joyce Ng has held various positions working at world-leading gemmological institutions, a top-tier luxury jewellery brand and individual retailers for private clients. Joyce comes from a greatly diverse background in the jewellery industry ranging from procuring, designing, and creating customised jewellery to giving gemmological trainings to gem lovers, next-generation jewellers and retail sales staff. She has been a speaker for diamond workshops for end-user clients and has handled some of the finest jewellery pieces set with large-carat colourless diamonds, fancy colour diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires for top VIPs. Joyce, who holds certifications from the Gemmological Institute of America (Graduate Gemmologist and the GIA Applied Jewelry Professional) and the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Diamond Member of the Gemmological Association), thoroughly enjoys conversing with students about gemstone knowledge and industry news.
Since her childhood, Lily Sheung has been developing a deep understanding and valuable knowledge of the Asian gemstone market, especially jadeite and coloured gemstones, through her family business. Combining her understanding of and passion for gems with her love of writing, Lily Sheung pursued her career as a columnist for the Hong Kong Economic Journal. During her line of work, she has cooperated with many internationally renowned jewellery brands. Throughout her career in the industry, Lily has always focused on empowering others through sharing knowledge. It is her unique expertise in the Asian gemstone market coupled with her knowledge of coloured gemstones and passion for teaching that brought her to the Gübelin Academy in 2016. At the Gübelin Academy, Lily is responsible for developing the Chinese market and the international visibility of the Gübelin Academy, teaching in-depth gemmological classes to a wide public. Owing to her education at the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Diamond Member and Fellow of the Gemmological Association), Lily is well-equipped with the knowledge and skillset necessary to train her students in the most effective manner. Lily continues to lead the Gübelin Academy by her ability to explain profound gemmological concepts in a simplified manner to impart knowledge to her students.
Eva Lee has a background in luxury sales specialising in jewellery, pearls, and fine watches. Eva’s strong interest in these categories has earned her the opportunity to gain professional experiences at Chanel and Dior. Her strengths with customer engagement and product knowledge helped Eva pivot her career path as a trainer. By combining her passion for jewellery and gemstones with her education at the Gemmological Institute of America in Hong Kong, Eva is currently a Trainer at the Gübelin Academy in Hong Kong. Her focus is driving student engagement through her practical approach of teaching. Eva continues to refine her skillset as a gem professional to provide her students with the most current information in the gem industry.
Mélanie Matthes’ professional experiences are with auction houses across Europe and gemmological training. Her areas of expertise are unique gemstones, high-end jewellery pieces and decorative arts. As a graduate of Sotheby’s in London, Institut d’Études Supérieures des Arts in Paris, and Gemmological Institute of America in California, Melanie is a skilful gemmologist who has worked for several auction houses (Sotheby’s, Piguet Auction House, Coutau-Bégarie etc.), developing and gaining knowledge in handling and appraising rare antique jewellery pieces. At Maison Française de l’Or, in Annecy in France, Melanie led the development and opening of new brick and mortar stores and was in charge of buying and re-selling second-hand jewellery as well as gemstones for investment purposes. At Catawiki, a Dutch auction house, Melanie gained valuable know-how and experience in appraising as a diamond and gemstone specialist. Her education, competency and knowledge in the field of gemstones and gemmology have brought her to the Gübelin Academy as a passionate educator where she teaches core and advanced gemstone courses.