Known for its exquisite high-end jewellery, gemstone expertise, and as purveyors of some of today’s most sought-after luxury watch brands the Swiss, family-owned House of Gübelin’s story began in 1854. With the opening of a small watchmaker’s shop in the Swiss city of Lucerne, the business grew over time, moving to ever-larger locations in the city until ﬁnally settling in the prime site on the quay that still houses Gübelin’s Lucerne boutique today.
In 1854, Mauritz Breitschmid opened a watchmaker's shop on the Pfistergasse in Lucerne. A few years later, in 1861, Eduard Jakob Gübelin was born in Eastern Switzerland. He subsequently moved to Lucerne and was apprenticed to the watchmaker Mauritz Breitschmid. 1886 marked a special occasion in the young watchmaker's life as Eduard Jakob Gübelin married Bertha Sophia Breitschmid, the daughter of his old master. In the same year, the two men became business partners, managing the growing company together.
Jewellery & Gemmology
In the 1920s Gübelin opened its own jewellery atelier and at the same time set up a small gemmological laboratory so that it could test – and be sure of the authenticity – of the stones its jewellers used. It also continued making and repairing ﬁne watches for a discerning clientele, developing a reputation that soon reached throughout Europe and overseas.
After opening seven boutiques in Switzerland over the years, Gübelin opened its first Hong Kong branch of the Gübelin Gem Lab in 2010, the new management reacted to the rising demand for gemmological services and expertise in Asia, a trend that has grown even stronger in the years since.
The introduction of a private salon in Hong Kong and the foundation of the Gübelin Academy followed in 2013, additions that were welcomed enthusiastically by local customers and gemstone enthusiasts alike.
In 2015, Gübelin introduced its Deeply Inspired philosophy and presented its three new worlds of jewellery: Deep Sea, Mystical Garden, and Glowing Fire.
Since 1854, the House of Gübelin has always been in the hands of the family and led by a family member.
Throughout time the Gübelin family carefully nurtured its traditions. It kept the company’s core values alive and passed them on to the next generation which contributed to the success and growth of the Swiss House.
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After, Thomas Gübelin passed on the reins to the sixth generation. They went to his son Raphael Gübelin, the current president, and his daughter-in-law Wilvy Sy Gübelin. The legacy continues.
Authenticity, expertise and inspiration are cherished and continue to guide everything that is created at the House of Gübelin. Divine jewellery creations as well as extensive horological and gemmological competence are the result of the expertise and inspiration, honed for more than 160 years.