The Dr. Eduard Gübelin Research Scholarship was awarded in Hong Kong to Philippe M. Belley of Canada for his work on gem spinel genesis.
The scholarship, an annual grant allocated to an innovative research project in the field of gemmology, supports students and researchers at MSc, PhD or post-doctoral levels. Belley, a Canadian PhD student, was chosen by a committee of internationally renowned scientists as the fourth winner of the scholarship.
The proposed research is aimed at understanding the key aspects of gem spinel genesis, assessing mineralogical and geochemical conditions, and proposing a pressure- and temperature-model to better understand the formation of gem-quality spinel. It is expected to produce the first gem spinel model based on data from 14 spinel occurrences in the Lake Harbour Group (LHG), Baffin Island, Canada.
Apart from a US$30,000 scholarship, Belley was also granted invaluable support by the Gübelin Gem Lab team to work on his project, which includes consultation and access to the latest analytical instruments, research methods and the lab’s unique reference collection of more than 27,000 gemstones.
The Gübelin Gem Lab is one of the world’s most respected gemmological laboratories particularly known for its expertise in coloured gems. In 2013, the Gübelin Academy was established in Hong Kong to offer a series of modular programmes and trainings on coloured gems.