Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels - Kashmir Sapphires and Natural Pearls

Sotheby’s and the Gulf Institute of Gemology (GIG) invite you to get up close and personal with nature’s brilliant gemstones. The joint webinar will be hosted by Sophie Stevens F.G.A. D.G.A
Deputy Director and Jewelry Specialist from Sotheby’s Middle East and Eva Kountouraki Gulf Institute of Gemology Academy Director.

The webinar will grant viewers insider knowledge on some of the worlds most sought out precious gemstones and magnificent jewels, allowing them to understand the allure behind some of the world’s rarest Kashmir Sapphires and Natural Pearls, from their history to their technical characteristics and gemological features. One of the pieces discussed will be the Marie Antoinette Pearl sold by Sotheby’s in 2019 as well as a unique pearl tiara by Musy; a special item that will be showcased at the Sotheby’s auction on the 11th of May 2021.

The webinar will take place on the 10th of May 12 pm UAE/OMAN, 11 am KSA, a day before Sotheby’s Iconic Majestic & Noble Jewels Auction on the 11th which will showcase the largest Kashmir Sapphire to ever appear at an auction.

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Sophie Stevens joined Sotheby’s as Jewellery Specialist for MENA in 2019, having consulted for the company in Dubai since 2016. Sophie advises clients on buying and selling jewellery through Sotheby’s international auctions and private sales and participates in the department’s regional exhibitions and educational events. Sophie is a certified gemologist and diamond grader with the Gemological Association of Great Britain, she completed her undergraduate degree in Theology & Religious Studies at the University of Bristol and holds an MBA.

Eva Kountouraki was born and raised in a family of goldsmiths, jewelers, and sculptors. Eva is certified gemologist and long experienced gemology teacher. She is specialized in jewelry business administration and holds a Masters in Jewelry Business Management. Before joining GIG, as Academy Director, Eva has collaborated with various prestigious Gemological Institutions and Academies around the world throughout her career, offering her expertise to assisting hundreds of students and professionals in building or expanding their career in the gem and jewelry industry.


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