Welcome to the Gübelin Academy

Keen to share our expertise with the wider public, in 2013 Gübelin opened the Gübelin Academy in Hong Kong. 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.

About the Academy

The Gübelin Academy shares Gübelin’s deep knowledge of gemmology and passion for gemstones with the rest of the world. 

Helen Molesworth , the Managing Director of the Academy 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.

Professional Education


    Gübelin Academy offers professional trainings for companies and staff in the jewellery and gemstone sectors. In a highly competitive and fast-changing industry, front-line sales training in coloured gems and back office knowledge and industry understanding are intrinsic to business success and client trust. With an unrivalled experience in coloured gemstones and access to the most up-to-date cutting edge research, Gübelin Academy can offer the perfect training tailored to your needs. We are honoured to inspire and educate jewellery professionals in the wonderful world of gems, and are proud to count some of the world's most famous brands and leading jewellers, such as Cartier, Chopard and Piaget, amongst our corporate clients.

    Contact our corporate training manager directly at to discuss training packages.


    Our gemmologist trainers are also available for private events. A highly successful and unique offering from Gübelin Academy, our tailored client event service offers the opportunity of an afternoon or perhaps evening event in personal surroundings to discuss and learn about gems. To request a personalised presentation and unique event session, please contact us on

Michael, Hong Kong
  • The course helps me organize my knowledge in the industry into a framework and system that will give me greater insights into what I am doing and how I can further develop my knowledge and skills.

    Michael, Hong Kong
  • The content of the course was very complete and well balanced between scientific and cultural aspects of gems.

    Véronique, Switzerland
  • The course was informative and very interesting with a great deal of material in a short span of time.

    Pui Fun, Malaysia
  • The trainer's knowledge and her enthusiasm for coloured stones is very inspiring and makes me feel like to continue attending upcoming courses.

    Daniela, Switzerland

Private Education

Focusing on the practical and emotional, we aim to impart the necessary knowledge and passion to understand and appreciate coloured gems with an informative and inspiring approach. By combining fast-track and in depth courses together with interesting and individual seminars, you will have the opportunity to explore coloured gemstones on a multitude of levels.

  • Fast-track programmes of two days upwards
  • Modular courses with increasing levels of expertise
  • Designed for trade professionals as well as enthusiasts and connoisseurs of coloured stones
  • Small class environment ensuring tutorial level teaching
  • High quality gemstones and reference collection samples on hand
  • Gübelin Academy certificate of attendance upon completion and passing of each level

    Created as a series of modular programmes with increasing levels, courses range from several hours to several weeks. Through knowledgeable, passionate and inspiring teaching, Gübelin Academy courses offer unique fast-track training into the wonderful world of coloured gems. Gain a Gübelin Coloured Gem Professional diploma while studying emeralds, rubies and sapphires, whether choosing to begin with the basics or mastering the advanced history, gemmology and psychology behind the most precious and colourful commodities in the world.

    • Level 1: A fast-track introduction to emeralds, rubies and sapphires. More information.
    • Level 2: The next step up in exploring emeralds, rubies and sapphires. More information.
    • Level 3: The practical culmination of the Coloured Gem Professional. More information.
Ivan, Switzerland
  • Structured – Historical – Interaction – Practical. Great!

    Ivan, Switzerland
  • Very enriching course. I have acquired more knowledge in gemology.

    Yan Xu, Switzerland
  • The course exceeded my expectations by far! The course instructor has a great deal of knowledge and shows a strong passion for the subject.

    Barbara, Switzerland
  • Gübelin welcomed me – just an enthusiastic amateur - into the world of gemstones and provided a great opportunity to gain some basic knowledge. I just wish I had got to precious stones earlier in life.

    Peter, Switzerland
  • I wanted to thank you for your great and inspiring gem class I had the pleasure to attend. I’m still under the spell of the rubies!

    Marianne, Switzerland

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