Alumni Chapter

Tucson Chapter:
Carved Gems presented by
Helen Serras-Herman

Helen Serras-Herman, an acclaimed gem sculptor with more than 35 years of experience in gem sculpture and jewelry art, will share her journey from art sculpture to gem sculpture, including her influences and sources of inspiration. She will show examples of her work and talk about the complex and labor intensive art form of gem sculpture, which combines aspects of sculpture, lapidary, gemology and jewelry. She will also discuss the gem materials and tolls used and how all that is reflected in the rarity and value of the artwork.

Serras-Herman’s sculptural art and artistic jewelry have been influenced by her world travels to mines and archaeological sites, including the southwest environment where she lives (southern Arizona) and ancient Greek mythology. Her jewelry collections and individual gem artwork always “tell a story,” which is often reflected in her choice of rare and unusual gemstones.

Serras-Herman was born in New York City and lived in Athens, Greece. She studied sculpture (MFA) in Berlin, Germany, gemology at the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (FGA), and apprenticed with the last master of the English school of Glyptic Arts. She is a member of the American Gem Trade Association, the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, and the Gem Artists of North America.

Serras-Herman’s award-winning, one-of-a-kind, distinctive artwork has been exhibited world-wide and published in over 250 trade magazines and books. She was inducted into the National Lapidary Hall of Fame in 2003 and is a frequent article contributor to Rock & Gem magazine, EZ-Guide gem show guides, The GemGuide, and Gems & Jewellery magazine published by Gem-A in London. All are welcome to attend this event, whether you're a GIA alumnus, student, industry associate, hobbyist or guest. Please share this invitation with any others you may feel would be interested or wish to learn more about GIA.

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