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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.
Helen has a broad commercial and academic background in the jewellery industry. Enchanted by gemstones since childhood, and specialising in ancient gems at Oxford, Helen moved directly into the field from University.
She started her career in the jewellery trade in London, moving into the auction houses, and later becoming Professeur d'Histoire du Bijou at HEAD-Genève while also running her own business in Geneva. During ten years as a jewellery specialist for Sotheby’s and Christie’s in London and Geneva, Helen sold and researched many world-class gems and important collections, including the jewels of HRH The Princess Margaret. Helen joined Gübelin in 2013 to launch and run Gübelin Academy, combining her passion for gems, jewellery and the sharing of knowledge. Helen has a degree in Classics from Christ Church, Oxford, is a Fellow of the Gemmological Associations of Great Britain and Hong Kong, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in London, and has published and lectured widely on gems ancient through to modern. She also continues to take auctions for charity.