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Bingham’s passion for gemmology began as a child, while watching her grandfather making jewellery as a hobby. Following a career change, she earned her Graduate Gemologist® diploma in Carlsbad, returning to London to set up her own business supplying gemstones and bespoke jewellery for private retail customers. She taught GIA’s lab classes for many years, and now returns to GIA’s London campus as a full time gemmology instructor.
Francesca joined GIA as an instructor at the start of 2013. She started towards her career in gemology by first working as an exploration geologist in Australia. After three years she came back to London to become a GIA Graduate Gemologist® and then went on to work for a high end diamond jewelers before joining the GIA London team.
Anu is an experienced gemmologist in academic and commercial environments, including supervisory positions. She holds a master degree in geology, is a Diamond Member and Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, a Fellow of the National Association of Goldsmiths as well as a GIA Graduate Gemologist® diploma. Anu was 2004’s recipient of the Christie’s Prize for Gemmology. Before joining GIA in 2015, Anu worked as a senior gemmologist at AnchorCert Gem Lab, a division of the Birmingham Assay Office, and was also a tutor for the Gem-A Correspondence and online distance learning courses.
Miriam attended her first diamond grading course at the age of 16 at the Israeli diamond bourse, after which she attended GIA in London to earn her Graduate Gemologist® diploma. Before joining GIA in 2015, Miriam worked for 5 years in a diamond lab in the Israeli diamonds exchange bourse, after which she traveled to Canada to work as the head gemologist in the diamond bourse.
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After receiving her bachelor’s degree in geology, Ana earned a Graduate Gemologist® diploma from GIA. She then worked as a diamond specialist and in quality assurance at a prestigious high-end jewellery company. Ana subsequently took a position as a gemmologist at a gem lab in London’s Hatton Garden (the city’s jewellery district). She joined GIA in London as an instructor in 2016.
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Alex began his career in the retail jewellery industry in Southern Africa while also studying for his BA in anthropology. He soon developed skills in silver and goldsmithing, and became a rough and cut gemstone buyer. A change in career path saw him teaching anthropology at the University of South Africa for two years but he reverted back into his previous jewellery role in South Africa for another seven years. Alex completed his Graduate Gemologist® diploma at the South African and London campuses and began his role as a jewellery design and gemmology instructor with GIA’s London Campus in January 2018.