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Upcoming on-site testing
Get your gems tested during GemGenève (11-14 May 2023) and at SSEF’s office in Bangkok from 22 to 26 of May 2023.
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.
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.
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- 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
Start your journey to becoming a gem expert with these introductory online courses.
FacetteFacette is the annual magazine of the Swiss Gemmological Institute SSEF. 2021 marks its 27th 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 scientic 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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The value of pearls: A historical review and current trends
The value of pearls: A historical review and current trends. Published in GemGuide, May/June 2022, 1-8.
Natural pearl necklace with one imitation pearl
Our testing not only revealed the presence of 40 natural pearls of a quite remarkable diameter (8-11 mm), but in addition one imitation pearl consisting of a plastic bead covered by a ‘lacquer’ coating that seeks to mimic a pearly lustre.
Heated spinel from Tajikistan
The spinels were nearly free of any inclusions except for a few tiny colourless forsterite inclusions. In combination with trace element analyses, the origin of these spinels could be unambiguously attributed to the famous spinel mines near Kuh-i-Lal, located in the Pamir mountains in southern Tajikistan, close to the Afghan border.
The science of gem testing at SSEF: a fascinating tale
Gemmology is a science with its foundations more than a hundred years ago, specifically driven by the emergence of synthetic stones and cultured pearls in the gem trade in the early 20th century.