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Gübelin Opens Gem Museum in Switzerland July 07, 2023 (0 comments)


Lucerne, Switzerland--The House of Gübelin opened the Gübelin Gem Museum that offers visitors an opportunity to experience the creation, origin and fascination of colored gemstones as well as the history and innovations of the Swiss family-owned business, founded in 1854.

The museum traces 100 years of the company’s Gem Lab from its beginnings up to the latest analytical possibilities and the development of Gemtelligence, which employs artificial intelligence and deep learning to analyze gemstones to further heighten the consistency of the results.

[The Gübelin Gem Museum. Photo credit: Gübelin]

It includes information on the Gem Lab’s reference collection, which is considered by some to be the most comprehensive in the world. It currently comprises more than 28,000 gemstones from all commercially relevant mines as well as stones from long-since exhausted sources. Eduard Josef Gübelin (1913 – 2005), a gemmologist, considered one of the fathers of modern gemology, is known for his research into the inner world of gemstones and the role their inclusions play in determining their identity, authenticity and origins. He acquired gemstones from mines that he visited around the world, laying the cornerstone for the gem reference collection, which has been continuously expanded and made more comprehensive. In the museum, 174 gemstones from the reference stone collection are on display and individually explained.

From a modest watchmaker’s shop opened in 1854, Gübelin has grown over the years to offer jewelry, watches and an internationally respected gemstone lab. The museum traces this path of the family-owned company through the years.

Multi-media displays with digital and interactive elements offer visitors an new way to discover the world of gemstones and to deepen their knowledge. The museum was curated by the House of Gübelin with jewelry expert Beatriz Chadour-Sampson and staged with Atelier Ingold Raschke. Edward Boehm, the grandson of Eduard Josef Gübelin and a gemmologist, contributed to the conception and execution of the museum. The exhibitions will be continuously expanded, the company said.

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