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Stiff received his Graduate Gemologist® diploma from GIA in Hong Kong in 2005, and joined GIA as an instructor in 2012. He has worked in the jewellery industry for more than twenty years in both the retail and wholesale sectors. He has attended all the major jewellery shows around the world, such as JIS Miami, VicenzaOro Winter, NY JA show, BaselWorld, VicenzaOro Spring, JCK Las Vegas, VicenzaOro Fall, and HK Jewellery & Gem Fair. With this diverse background in the trade, Stiff can share his knowledge and trade experience with students.
With more than 30 years of experience in the jewellery industry, Alan has extensive experience in gem sourcing, marketing, jewellery designing and manufacturing, operations, and sales management. He also has extensive teaching experience, gained from teaching part-time gemmology courses in the 1980s. He joined GIA in Hong Kong in 2005, and instructs and supports students taking accelerated programmes, lab classes and seminars. As a veteran of the jewellery industry, his aspiration is to share his jewellery experience and knowledge whenever possible.
With a bachelor's degree in Illustration from University of Arts London, Jennifer is an award-wining jewellery designer who first discovered her real interest and talents at GIA London where she earned the Graduate Gemologist®, Applied Jewelry Professional and Jewelry Design diplomas in 2006. Specialising in high-end jewellery, she has years of practical experience working with some major international players in the retail, manufacturing, and wholesale sectors of the diamond and coloured stones industries. She particularly enjoys inspiring students by sharing her diversified experience in design, jewellery making and gemmology.
Annie earned her degree in Media & Cultural Studies in 2005, and joined GIA in Hong Kong after her graduation. She is responsible for admission and administration work for the education department. She has earned the AJP and Graduate Diamonds diplomas, which help her share the world of gemmology with potential students.
Stella Lee, director of GIA in Hong Kong, earned her GIA Graduate Gemologist® diploma in Carlsbad, California and joined GIA straight after she graduated. Prior to studying at GIA and serving GIA as an instructor, she was in the jewellery industry wholesale and retail business. She enjoys sharing her experience and passion for the gem and jewellery industry, seeing students grow and find rewarding careers.
Carmen earned her master’s degree in Business Management in 2002 in Australia. She then graduated from GIA in 2005, earning a Graduate Gemologist® diploma. Before joining GIA as an on-campus instructor, Carmen worked for six years in marketing and retail operations for Boucheron and Chopard. Since 2007, Carmen has been a gemmology instructor, sharing her experience in the jewellery industry and her passion for gems and jewellery.
Before becoming a gemmology instructor at the GIA campus in Hong Kong, Annie worked as a pharmacist in Canada. Her love of gems and jewellery brought her to GIA, where she earned the Graduate Gemologist® diploma. In 2010, she was hired as an on-campus instructor at GIA in Hong Kong. She enjoys helping students learn while sharing her passion for gems and jewellery.