A world leader in coloured gemstone, diamond and pearl testing


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  • On-site testing in Bangkok, Hong Kong and USA
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We are an independent Swiss non-profit foundation Trusted by major dealers, brands and auction houses Excellency in science
We are an independent Swiss non-profit foundation Trusted by major dealers, brands and auction houses Excellency in science

Upcoming on-site testing

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Celebrating 50 years of SSEF

Some 150 industry leaders and opinion-makers from around the world gathered in Basel in September 2022 to celebrate the golden anniversary of SSEF.

Auction highlights

A selection of remarkable jewels recently tested by SSEF and sold at auction.

Become a gem expert

Since its successful beginning in 2001, SSEF’s education department has offered a broad spectrum of gemmological courses to thousands of students from industry, trade, and academia.


Discover our courses

  • All levels of gemmology
  • Large course collection of stones
  • Leading gemmologists as lecturers
  • Highly practical courses in small groups

We also provide tailored courses for individuals and companies.

Free online courses by SSEF

Understanding Gemstones

Start your journey to becoming a gem expert with these introductory online courses.


Facette is the annual magazine of the Swiss Gemmological Institute SSEF. 2023 marks its 28th issue. Starting as a humble leaflet with a few black & white pages in a very basic layout, Facette has evolved into a magazine rich in information about recent research findings and activities at SSEF.

Research at SSEF

Since its beginnings over 50 years ago, the Swiss Gemmological Institute SSEF has been a driving force and at the forefront of scientific innovation in gemmology. Our dedication to gemstone scientific research is an important foundation to our expertise and reliability in testing.

Hundreds of publications, presentations and much more!

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Testing of antique jewellery at SSEF may provide insights which go far beyond simple gem testing. They add valuable information to the jewel, starting from its design and craftsmanship in the making, the choice of colours and qualities of gemstones, or the facet arrangement and proportions of old cutting styles.

Vanadium as a colouring element is quite often underestimated, mostly as it is often associated and acting together with chromium, a chemical element with a similar geochemical behavior and paragenetic occurrence but which is historically better known in the trade and easier to detect with simple tools (spectroscope) by gemmologists.

Paraiba tourmalines owe their attractive colour to the presence of copper. In the best case, this gives rise to a vivid blue colour, also known in the trade as ‘neon’ blue or ‘electric’ blue and not known from any other gemstone in nature.