Through the ages, rubies, sapphires and emeralds have been the three most highly revered gemstones. They are an expression of wealth and power of the ruling class, demonstrating the opulence of their courts and richness of their nations, and also an ancient talisman, bringing luck or fortune. The tradition continues today as gems have been used as an inheritance, the transfer of wealth from one generation to another, a symbol of love, romance and devotion, to adorn oneself as Cleopatra, the maharajas and the Chinese Empresses have before us, or simply appreciated as masterpieces of art by the great joaillerie maisons and modern jewellery designers today.
Yvonne Chu will give an introduction to the appreciation of gemstones, the uniqueness of each gemstone and their important deposits, followed by a special handling session of gemstone highlights in the upcoming Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite auction on 5 October 2016.
Yvonne Chu is qualified Graduate Gemmologist with over ten years' experience in the gemstone and jewellery business, from teaching gemmology at GIA and Gübelin to running a retail chain in Mainland China and managing the operation of a high-end Hong Kong jewellery designer.
Ms. Chu is the Specialist of Sotheby's in Hong Kong. She was educated in Hong Kong, England and the United States, majoring in History from the University of California, San Diego.