Founder / President of HINATA Trading
Born 1947 in Belp, Switzerland.
Before opening his own company in 2002, Andy was also the former President of Golay Buchel Japan for 30 years.
He has traveled to Tahiti over 150 times in the past 50 years, and still continues to renew his record by flying there 4-5 times a year.
- Decorated by the Burmese Government
- Decorated "Chevalier dans L'Ordre de Tahiti Nui" by French Polynesian President Gaston Flosse.
- Awarded the Gemmological Excellence Award by the Swiss Gemmological Society
Government of Tahiti (1998) / Swiss Gemmological Society (1998) / Int'l GIA Symposium in San Diego (1999) / GIA/TGJTA in Bangkok (2000) / GemmoBasel, Switzerland (2005) / European Gemmological Symposium in Berne (2009)
"Cultured Pearls... The First Hundred Years" (ISBN 4-9900624-1-8)