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Executive Workshop “Rise and Fall of Gemstones”
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Start Date
To be advised
9 hours
Cantonese, suppl with teaching materials in Eng
Course Fee
Course Fee: HK$4200
Group Rate: HK$3600 ( Group of 2 or above, applications must be submitted to enrollment centres)
Deadline on 06 Aug 2023 (Sun)
2867 8313
2861 0278
How to Apply


This course is an overview of the commercial environment of the jewellery industry through the historical stories of gemstones. Participants will learn the historical factors that cause the rise and fall of gemstones like diamond, ruby, sapphire, emeralds, and more. Knowing these history and stories would help participants understand why some origins and/or trade names cost more than the others. In a broad level, participants would appreciate the dig-to-wear cycle of major gemstones.

Programme Details


Programme Details




Session 1: Diamond (3-hour)

  • The rise of diamond from early history to the rise of the diamond market leaders.
  • The fall of monopoly and impact on retail market.
  • Factors that affect the pricing of diamond.
  • Brief history of colour diamonds and current market trends.
  • Important stones and recent findings.
  • History and impact of lab-grown diamonds.


Session 2: Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald (3-hour)

  • Important rubies in history.
  • Ruby vs Spinel
  • Historical stories of sapphire and emerald.
  • Why origins matter?
  • Treatments and value of gemstones.
  • Factors that affect the pricing of gemstones.
  • Lot selling in rough and the role of auction houses.


Session 3: Paribas, Tanzanite, and other gemstone stories (3-hour)

  • Rise of Paraiba: rare but not too rare
  • Gemstone bubble story: Tanzanite.
  • The elements of successful gemstones.
  • Myths and stories in the world of gemstones:
    • Princess Diana’s ring
    • JPMorgan and Morganite
    • Gemstones that are afraid of the sun
    • Gemstones and airport X-ray
    • Gemstone fraud, rip-offs and scams

Class Arrangement

All workshops will be held on Saturday.

Day 1:  9 Set 2023 - 10:00am – 1:00pm 

Day 2 : 16 Sep 2023- 10:00am – 1:00pm 

Day 3:  23 Sep 2023 - 10:00am – 1:00pm 

Students who have achieved not less than 70% attendance will be awarded a Statement of Attendance by HKU SPACE.


Ms Jane Li

Jane Li, a three-time award-winning jewellery designer, Guild Market Gemmologist, and GIA Graduate Gemmologist, is a 3rd generation jeweller in Hong Kong.
Upon completing her undergraduate degree in Mathematics, she joined the APAC marketing department of world class watch and jewellery house. She later continued her journey as a jeweller at her family’s business. Over the years, she had visited various gem mines and manufacturers, and attended jewellery business courses by GIA x Harvard University. She also presented speech and lectures at major events and occasions. In 2019, Jane has founded a consulting company offering expertise to jewellery trade shows, schools, and other associations.

Application Code 2145-2739NW -

Class Details

All workshops will be held on Saturday.

Day 1:  9 Set 2023 - 10:00am – 1:00pm 

Day 2 : 16 Sep 2023- 10:00am – 1:00pm 

Day 3:  23 Sep 2023 - 10:00am – 1:00pm 


Course Fee
  • Course Fee: HK$4200
    Group Rate: HK$3600 ( Group of 2 or above, applications must be submitted to enrollment centres)

Entry Requirements

One must be at least 18 years of age.


Application Form Download Application Form

Enrolment Method
Payment Method
1. Cash, EPS, WeChat Pay Or Alipay

Course fees can be paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay or Alipay at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque Or Bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title(s) for application and the applicant’s name.. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres, specifying  “Course Application” on the envelope.  HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/Mastercard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or Mastercard, including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE Mastercard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4. Online Payment

Online application / enrolment is offered for most open admission courses (course enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes. Application fees and course fees of these programmes/courses can be settled by using "PPS by Internet" (not available via mobile phones), VISA or Mastercard. In addition to the aforesaid online payment channels, continuing students of award-bearing programmes, if their programmes offer online service, may also pay their course fees by Online WeChat Pay, Online Alipay and Faster Payment System (FPS). Please refer to Enrolment Methods - Online Enrolment  for details.


  • If the programme/course is starting within five working days, application by post is not recommended to avoid any delays. Applicants are advised to enrol in person at HKU SPACE Enrolement Centres and avoid making cheque payment under this circustance.
  • Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay, Alipay, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder's credit card account.
  • In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme team for details.
  • Fees and places on courses cannot be transferrable from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  • Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be repsonsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  • For payment certification, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to "HKU SPACE" to any of our enrolment centres.