Michael Hügi, President of the Scientific Commission of the Swiss Gemmological Society, Switzerland, studied Mineralogy and Geology at the University of Bern, Switzerland. In his master’s thesis, he dealt with “Inclusions in Quartz Crystals at the World Famous Place of Mineral Discovery in Lengenbach, Binntal”. Afterwards, he was a research assistant at the Institute of Isotope-Geology at the University of Bern. Simultaneously, he absolved the training course in gemmology at the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, becoming a gemmologist in 1990. From 1990 until 1993, he worked for the Swiss Foundation for Gemstone Analysis in Zurich (SSEF), where he was mainly writing out diamond and gemstone certificates. He has been a member of the Swiss Gemmological Society since 1994, becoming the president in 2003.
Michael Hügi is responsible for the advanced training of the members, the organization of the annual three day long central course, the instructions in the seminars of the six regional groups as well as the contact towards the foreign gemmological societies. During his travels with gemmological background, he visited diamond mines in South Africa, the Ural, Siberia and Maine, USA. Besides general gemmology, the professional interests of Michael Hügi include microphotography of inclusions in gemstones and the historical development of gemmology as a science.